Adelson e Salvini
Adelson e Salvini (Adelson and Salvini) is a three act opera semiseria composed by Vincenzo Bellini from a libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola. The opera was based on the 1772 novel Épreuves du Sentiment by François-Thomas-Marie de Baculard d'Arnaud, and it draws on a previously performed play by Prospère Delamare.
Bellini's first opera was written as his final project at the Naples San Sebastiano Conservatory, when the composer was 23 years old. It was the custom at the Conservatory to introduce promising students to the public with a dramatic work. Bellini styled his project an opera semiseria and it was first performed at the Teatro del Conservatorio di San Sebastiano in Naples on 12 February 1825. "With a view to professional staging", various revisions were undertaken between 1826 and 1828, but they were never performed professionally.
Bellini's score does not bring out much of the humour of the piece. Nevertheless, the work was so popular among the Conservatory's student audience that it was performed every Sunday for a year.
It was successful enough to generate a commission from the royal court, and it captured the interest of the impresario Domenico Barbaja of the San Carlo Opera, who launched Bellini's career, commissioning him to write his next work, Bianca e Gernando (1826), which was revised two years later as Bianca e Fernando. Although much influenced by the music of Gioacchino Rossini, this early piece exhibits some of the characteristic tuneful style and delicate vocal line that Bellini achieved in his mature works and the composer used some of the music from the opera in later works. This is also the only Bellini opera provided with Recitativo secco.
Bellini greatly revised the opera for another production in 1829, and later revised it further. However, the first professional production was not given for over one hundred years at the Teatro Metropolitan in Belliini's home town of Catania on 6 November 1985. Domenico De Meo further revised and edited the score of Adelson to prepare it for a 1992 production at the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily. The following year, the Italian label Nuova Era issued Adelson e Salvini on compact discs.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast
12 February 1825
(Conductor: – )
|Madame Rivers||contralto||Luigi Rotellini|
|Salvini, friend of Adelson||tenor||Leonardo Perugini|
|Lord Adelson||baritone||Antonio Manzi|
|Bonifacio, servant of Salvini||bass||Giuseppe Ruggiero|
- Place: Ireland
- Time: 17th century
The story concerns the friendship of the Anglo-Irish Lord Adelson with a young Italian painter, Salvini, who falls in love with Nelly, the beautiful fiancée of the wealthy and powerful Adelson. The plot proceeds to a curiously murderous twist.
(Salvini, Nelly, Adelson, Fanny)
Opera House and Orchestra
Orchestra of the Stockholm Opera and the Stockholm Chamber Chorus
|3 LP records: Bongiovanni
Cat: GB 2034–2036
EAR Teatro Massimo Bellini Orchestra and Chorus, Catania
(Audio and video recordings of a performance (or of performances) at Catania, November)
|Audio CD: Nuova Era
DVD: House of Opera,
Cat: DVDCC 109
- Kimbell, in Holden, pp.46–47
- Rosselli, p. 39
- "Almanacco 12 February 1825" (in Italian). AmadeusOnline. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
- Recordings of Adelson e Salvini on operadis-opera-discography.org.uk
- Casa Ricordi (pub.), "Vincenzo Bellini": Outline of his life (in English) and list of critical editions of his works published by Ricordi on ricordi.it. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
- Galatopoulos, Stelios (2002), Bellini: Life, Times, Music: 1801-1835. London, Sanctuary Publishing Ltd. ISBN 9781860744051
- Kimbell, David (2001), "Adelson ands Salvini" in Holden, Amanda (Ed.), The New Penguin Opera Guide, pp. 46–47. New York: Penguin Putnam. ISBN 0-140-29312-4
- Lippmann, Friedrich; McGuire, Simon (1998), "Beliini, Vincenzo", in Stanley Sadie, (Ed.), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, Vol. One, pp. 389–397. London: MacMillan Publishers, Inc. ISBN 1-56159-228-5
- Maguire, Simon (1998), "Adelson and Salvini", in Stanley Sadie,(Ed.), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, Vol. One, pp. . London: MacMillan Publishers, Inc. ISBN 0-333-73432-7 ISBN 1-56159-228-5
- Osborne, Charles (1994), The Bel Canto Operas of Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini, Portland, Oregon: Amadeus Press. ISBN 0931340713
- Orrey, Leslie (1973), Bellini (The Master Musicians Series), London: J. M. Dent, Ltd. ISBN 0-460-02137-0
- Rosselli, John (1996), The Life of Bellini, New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-46781-0
- Thiellay, Jean; Thiellay, Jean-Philippe, Bellini, Paris: Actes Sud, 2013, ISBN 978-2-330-02377-5 (French)
- Willier, Stephen Ace, Vincenzo Bellini: A Guide to Research. Routledge, 2002. ISBN 0-8153-3805-8 and on books.google.com.
- Weinstock, Herbert (1971), Bellini: His life and His Operas, New York: Knopf. ISBN 0394416562
- Adelson e Salvini Text of Acts 1 and 2 of the opera, in the original Italian. Subscription service. Retrieved 13 June 2010
- Adelson e Salvini in the "Sunday Afternoons at the Opera" Series, 22 November 1998, background notes on WWUH-fm, Hartford, CT, 1998. Retrieved 10 August 2013