La falena

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La falena (The Moth-Woman) is a leggenda or opera in three acts by composer Antonio Smareglia with an Italian libretto by Silvio Benco. The opera premiered at the Teatro Rossini in Venice on 6 September 1897.[1]

Musical analysis[edit]

La falena is a through composed opera containing an all-pervasive symphonic movement which is only broken in between acts. The music for the extended Act 2 duet between the virtuous king and the evil protagonist is particularly thrilling. The two men move as hallucinatory figures as the music rages with nightmarish obsessive urges that heighten the opera's drama.[1]


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 6 September 1897
(Conductor: Gialdino Gialdini)[2]
Albina soprano Emma Carelli
King Stellio tenor Alfonso Garulli
Uberto baritone Vittorio Brombara
Falena mezzo-soprano Alice Cucini


  1. ^ a b Matteo Sansone: "La Falena", Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed March 05, 2009), (subscription access)
  2. ^ Casaglia, Gherardo (2005). "La falena, 6 September 1897". L'Almanacco di Gherardo Casaglia (in Italian).