Margherita d'Anjou is an operatic melodramma semiseria in two acts by Giacomo Meyerbeer. The Italian libretto was by Felice Romani after a text by René Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt. It is the fourth of Meyerbeer's Italian operas and his first real success.
Margherita d'Anjou was first given at La Scala on 14 November 1820. It was successful and was subsequently performed throughout Europe in Italian, French and German. The French version, premiered at the Théâtre Odéon in Paris on 3 November 1826 is a major revision with added music from other works by the composer. It was given in New Orleans on 17 April 1854. There was a concert performance at the Royal Festival Hall, London, in November 2002.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 14 November 1820
(Conductor: - )
|Margherita d'Anjou, widow of Henry VI of England||soprano||Carolina Pellegrini|
|Isaura, wife of the Duke of Lavarenne, disguised as Eugenio||mezzo-soprano||Rosa Mariani|
|The Duke of Lavarenne, Grand Senechal of Normandy||tenor||Nicola Tacchinardi|
|Carlo Belmonte, general banished by the Queen, currently employed by Glocester||bass||Nicolas-Prosper Levasseur|
|Michele Gamautte, French physician||basso buffo||Nicola Bassi|
|Bellapunta, officer of the Queen||tenor||Pietro Gentili|
|Orner, officer of the Queen||bass|
|Riccardo, Duke of Glocester||bass||Michele Cavara|
There is a recording made in 2002, published by Opera Rara ORC 25.
- Buchler (2002)
- Amadeus Almanac
- Buchler, Allen, "OPERA: Highland Fling: Margherita d’Anjou at the RFH, 2nd November 2002", 6 November 2002 from ElectricReview.com, and appearing on www.meyerbeer.com