Assassinio nella cattedrale

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Assassinio nella cattedrale
Opera by Ildebrando Pizzetti
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The assassination of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, the opera's central theme, in a 15th-century depiction by Francke
LibrettistIldebrando Pizzetti
Premiere1 March 1958 (1958-03-01)
La Scala, Milan

Assassinio nella cattedrale (Murder in the Cathedral) is an opera in two acts and an intermezzo by the Italian composer Ildebrando Pizzetti. The libretto is an adaptation by the composer of an Italian translation of T.S. Eliot's play Murder in the Cathedral. The opera was first performed at La Scala, Milan on 1 March 1958. The opera was performed for the first time in Canada the following year at the Montreal Festivals.[1]


Role Voice type Premiere cast, 1 March 1958[2]
Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Thomas Becket bass Nicola Rossi-Lemeni
Herald tenor Aldo Bertocci
First tempter tenor Rinaldo Pelizzoni
Second tempter bass Antonio Cassinelli
Third tempter bass Nicola Zaccaria
Fourth tempter bass Lino Puglisi
First priest tenor Mario Ortica
Second priest baritone Dino Dondi
Third priest bass Adolfo Cormanni
First knight tenor Rinaldo Pelizzoni
Second knight bass Enrico Campi
Third knight bass Silvio Maionica
Fourth knight bass Marco Stefanoni
First coryphée soprano Leyla Gencer
Second coryphée mezzo-soprano Gabriella Carturan



  1. ^ Sandor, Marjorie (March 2013). "Once More to the Cathedral". Opera News, Vol. 77, No. 9. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  2. ^ Casaglia, Gherardo (2005). Assassinio nella cattedrale. Almanacco Amadeus. Retrieved 17 February 2016 (in Italian)
  3. ^ All recordings in this section are sourced from OCLC 41543017

Further reading[edit]

  • Gelli, Piero (ed.) (2005). Assassinio nella cattedrale. Dizionario dell'opera, p. 102. Baldini Castoldi Dalai (republished on Retrieved 17 February 2016 (in Italian)