List of operas by Gioachino Rossini

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This is a list of the operas of the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868). See List of compositions by Gioachino Rossini for his other works.

List of operas composed[edit]

Title Genre Acts Libretto Premiere date Place, opera house
Demetrio e Polibio dramma serio 2 acts Vincenzina Viganò-Mombelli, possibly after Metastasio 18 May 1812
(composed 1806–09)
Rome, Teatro Valle
La cambiale di matrimonio farsa comica 1 act Gaetano Rossi, after Camillo Federici and Giuseppe Checcherini's libretto (1807) for Carlo Coccia 3 November 1810 Venice, Teatro San Moisè
L'equivoco stravagante dramma giocoso 2 acts Gaetano Gasbarri 26 October 1811 Bologna, Teatro del Corso
L'inganno felice farsa 1 act Giuseppe Maria Foppa, after Giuseppe Palomba's libretto (1798) for Giovanni Paisiello 8 January 1812 Venice, Teatro San Moisè
Ciro in Babilonia,
ossia La caduta di Baldassare
dramma con cori 2 acts Francesco Aventi 14 March 1812 Ferrara, Teatro comunale di Ferrara
La scala di seta farsa comica 1 act Giuseppe Maria Foppa, after François-Antoine-Eugène de Planard's libretto (1808) for Pierre Gaveaux 9 May 1812 Venice, Teatro San Moisè
La pietra del paragone melodramma giocoso 2 acts Luigi Romanelli 26 September 1812 Milan, Teatro alla Scala
L'occasione fa il ladro,
ossia Il cambio della valigia
burletta per musica 1 act Luigi Prividali, after Le prétendu sans le savoir (1810) by Eugène Scribe 24 November 1812 Venice, Teatro San Moisè
Il signor Bruschino,
ossia Il figlio per azzardo
farsa giocosa 1 act Giuseppe Maria Foppa, after Le fils par hasard (1809) by René de Chazet and Maurice Ourry 27 January 1813 Venice, Teatro San Moisè
Tancredi
(revised March 1813)
melodramma eroico 2 acts Gaetano Rossi, after Voltaire;
revised by Luigi Lechi
6 February 1813;
revised version: 21 March 1813
Venice, Teatro La Fenice;
revised version: Ferrara
L'italiana in Algeri dramma giocoso 2 acts Angelo Anelli, originally written (1808) for Luigi Mosca 22 May 1813 Venice, Teatro San Benedetto
Aureliano in Palmira dramma serio 2 acts G.F.R. (attributed to Felice Romani, possibly in collaboration with Luigi Romanelli, or Gian Francesco Romanelli[1]), after Gaetano Sertor 26 December 1813 Milan, Teatro alla Scala
Il turco in Italia dramma buffo 2 acts Felice Romani, after Caterino Mazzolà's libretto (1788) for Franz Seydelmann 14 August 1814 Milan, Teatro alla Scala
Sigismondo dramma 2 acts Giuseppe Maria Foppa 26 December 1814 Venice, Teatro La Fenice
Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra dramma 2 acts Giovanni Schmidt, after Carlo Federici and Sophia Lee 4 October 1815 Naples, Teatro di San Carlo
Torvaldo e Dorliska dramma semiserio 2 acts Cesare Sterbini, after Jean-Baptiste de Coudry's Vie et amours du chevalier de Faubles (1790) and other libretti based on this work such as Claude-François Fillette-Loraux's libretto (1791) for Luigi Cherubini and Francesco Gonella's libretto for (1796) Simon Mayr and Ferdinando Paer 26 December 1815 Rome, Teatro Valle
Il barbiere di Siviglia,
ossia L'inutile precauzione

(initially titled Almaviva)
commedia 2 acts Cesare Sterbini, after Beaumarchais and Giuseppe Petrosellini's libretto (1782) for Giovanni Paisiello 20 February 1816 Rome, Teatro Argentina
La gazzetta,
ossia Il matrimonio per concorso
dramma (opera buffa) 2 acts Giuseppe Palomba (revised by Andrea Leone Tottola), after Il matrimonio per concorso (1763) by Carlo Goldoni 26 September 1816 Naples, Teatro de' Fiorentini
Otello,
ossia Il Moro di Venezia
dramma 3 acts Francesco Maria Berio di Salsa, after Othello, ou le More de Venise (1792) by Jean-François Ducis 4 December 1816 Naples, Teatro del Fondo
La Cenerentola,
ossia La bontà in trionfo
dramma giocoso 2 acts Jacopo Ferretti, after Cendrillon (1698) by Charles Perrault and several libretti derived from it such as Charles-Guillaume Etienne's libretto for Nicolas Isouard (1810) and Francesco Fiorini's libretto for Stefano Pavesi's Agatina (1814) 25 January 1817 Rome, Teatro Valle
La gazza ladra melodramma 2 acts Giovanni Gherardini, after La Pie voleuse (1815) by Jean-Marie-Théodore Baudouin d'Aubigny and Louis-Charles Caigniez 31 May 1817 Milan, Teatro alla Scala
Armida dramma 3 acts Giovanni Schmidt, after Gerusalemme liberata by Torquato Tasso 11 November 1817 Naples, Teatro di San Carlo
Adelaide di Borgogna,
ossia Ottone, re d'Italia
dramma 2 acts Giovanni Schmidt 27 December 1817 Rome, Teatro Argentina
Mosè in Egitto azione tragico-sacra 3 acts Andrea Leone Tottola, after L'Osiride (1760) by Francesco Ringhieri 5 March 1818 Naples, Teatro di San Carlo
Adina,
ossia Il califfo di Bagdad
farsa 1 act Gherardo Bevilacqua-Aldobrandini, possibly after Felice Romani's libretto Il Califfo e la schiava for Francesco Basily (1819) 22 June 1826
(composed 1818)
Lisbon, Teatro Reale di San Carlo
Ricciardo e Zoraide dramma 2 acts Francesco Maria Berio di Salsa, after the poem Ricciardetto by Niccolò Forteguerri 3 December 1818 Naples, Teatro di San Carlo
Ermione azione tragica 2 acts Andrea Leone Tottola, after Andromaque (1667) by Jean Racine 27 March 1819 Naples, Teatro di San Carlo
Eduardo e Cristina
(sometimes titled Edoardo e Cristina)
dramma 2 acts Giovanni Schmidt (originally written [1810] for Stefano Pavesi), revised for Rossini by Gherardo Bevilacqua-Aldobrandini and Andrea Leone Tottola 24 April 1819 Venice, Teatro San Benedetto
La donna del lago melodramma 2 acts Andrea Leone Tottola, after The Lady of the Lake by Sir Walter Scott 24 October 1819 Naples, Teatro di San Carlo
Bianca e Falliero,
ossia Il consiglio dei tre
melodramma 2 acts Felice Romani, after Blanche et Montcassin by Antoine-Vincent Arnault 26 December 1819 Milan, Teatro alla Scala
Maometto II
(revised December 1822)
dramma 2 acts Cesare della Valle, possibly after Felice Romani;[2]
revised by Gaetano Rossi
3 December 1820;
revised version: 26 December 1822
Naples, Teatro di San Carlo;
revised version: Venice, Teatro La Fenice
Matilde di Shabran,
ossia Bellezza e Cuor di Ferro

(also titled Matilde Shabran [initially], Bellezza e Cuor di Ferro [Naples, 1821] and Corradino [Milan, also 1821])
opera semiseria 2 acts Jacopo Ferretti, after François-Benoît Hoffman's libretto Euphrosine, ou Le tyran corrigé (1790) for Étienne Méhul and Jacques-Marie Boutet de Monvel (1798), derived from Voltaire 24 February 1821 Rome, Teatro Apollo
Zelmira dramma 2 acts Andrea Leone Tottola, after Zelmire (1762) by Dormont de Belloy 16 February 1822 Naples,[3] Teatro di San Carlo
Semiramide melodramma tragico 2 acts Gaetano Rossi, after Voltaire[4] 3 February 1823 Venice, Teatro La Fenice
Ugo, re d'Italia
(unfinished)
dramma? 3? acts Gaetano Rossi? not performed
(composed 1823-1824)
intended for London
Il viaggio a Reims,
ossia L'albergo del Giglio d'Oro
dramma giocoso 3 acts;
now usually 1 act
Luigi Balocchi, after Corinne, ou L'Italie by Madame de Staël 19 June 1825 Paris, Théâtre Italien
Le siège de Corinthe
(revision of Maometto secondo)
tragédie lyrique 3 acts Luigi Balocchi and Alexandre Soumet, after the libretto for Maometto II 9 October 1826 Paris Opéra, Salle Le Peletier
Moïse et Pharaon,
ou Le passage de la mer rouge

(revision of Mosè in Egitto)
opéra 4 acts Luigi Balocchi and Victor-Joseph Étienne de Jouy, after the libretto for Mosè in Egitto 26 March 1827 Paris Opéra, Salle Le Peletier
Le comte Ory opéra bouffe 2 acts Eugène Scribe and Charles-Gaspard Delestre-Poirson 20 August 1828 Paris Opéra, Salle Le Peletier
Guillaume Tell opéra 4 acts Victor-Joseph-Ėtienne de Jouy, Hippolyte-Louis-Florent Bis and Armand Marrast, after Friedrich Schiller[5] 3 August 1829 Paris Opéra, Salle Le Peletier

Works derived from Rossini operas with the composer's permission[edit]

Title Genre Acts Libretto Premiere date Place, theatre
Ivanhoé
(consists entirely of music taken from earlier Rossini operas by Antonio Pacini)
pastiche 3 acts Emile Deschamps and Gustave de Wailly, after Walter Scott's Ivanhoe 15 September 1826 Paris, Odéon
Robert Bruce
(adapted by Louis Niedermeyer from La donna del lago, Zelmira, Bianca e Falliero, Torvaldo e Dorliska and Armida)
pastiche 3 acts Jean-Nicolas van Nieuwenhuysen and Alphonse Royer, after Walter Scott's History of Scotland 30 December 1846 Paris Opéra, Salle Le Peletier

Other pasticci utilising Rossini's music[edit]

Title Genre Acts Libretto Premiere date Place, theatre
La fausse Agnès,
ou Le poète campagnard

(consists of music by Rossini and other composers, including Cimarosa and Meyerbeer)
pastiche 3 acts Castil-Blaze after Destouches Before June 1826 Paris, Théâtre de Madame
Le Neveu de Monseigneur
(consists of music adapted by Luc Guėnėe from operas by Rossini and other composers, including Pacini, Fioravanti and Morlacchi)
pastiche 2 acts Jean-François Bayard, Thomas Sauvage and Romieu 7 August 1826 Paris, Odéon
Le testament
(adapted by Jean Frédéric-Auguste Lemierre de Corvey after operas by Rossini)
pastiche 2 acts Joseph-Henri de Saur and Léonce de Saint-Géniès 22 January 1827 Paris, Odéon
M. de Pourceaugnac
(adapted from operas by Rossini and Weber)
pastiche 3 acts Possibly Castil-Blaze after Molière 24 February 1827 Paris, Odéon
Cinderella,
or The Fairy and the Little Glass Slipper

(adapted from La Cenerentola, Guillaume Tell, Maometto secondo and Armida)
pastiche 2 acts Michael Rophino Lacy, after Jacopo Ferretti's libretto for La Cenerentola 13 April 1830 London, Covent Garden
L'ape musicale
(adapted from operas by Rossini, Cimarosa, Mozart, Zingarelli and Salieri)
pasticcio 1 act Lorenzo Da Ponte 20 April 1830 New York, Park Theatre[6]
Andremo a Parigi?
(adapted by Jean-Henri Dupin from Il viaggio a Reims)
pastiche 2 acts Luigi Balocchi and Jean-Henri Dupin 26 October 1848[7] Paris, Théâtre-Italien
Un curioso accidente
(adapted by Torribio Calzado from Aureliano in Palmira, La cambiale di matrimonio, La pietra del paragone and L'occasione fa il ladro)
pastiche 2 acts Arcangelo Berettoni, after Carlo Goldoni 27 November 1859[8] Paris, Théâtre-Italien

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Osborne 2007, p. 216, credits Romani, while Charles Osborne 1994, p. 38, and Herbert Weinstock 1968, p. 40, credit Romanelli. Libretti d'opera italiani lists Luigi Romanelli as librettist. See Aureliano in Palmira for more details.
  2. ^ The libretto is stated to have been derived from della Valle's own play Anna Erizo (1820) but may have come from Romani's libretto Maometto (1817) for Peter von Winter. Others have erroneously stated Voltaire's Le Fanatisme ou Mahomet le Prophète as a potential source.
  3. ^ The opera was originally intended for performance in Vienna.
  4. ^ The libretto may also have been derived from one by Metastasio, which Rossi used for Semiramide riconosciuta by Giacomo Meyerbeer.
  5. ^ The composer and Adolphe Crémieux have also been credited for the libretto (Sadie, 2006, p. 270).
  6. ^ Da Ponte had written the work in 1789 and revised it in 1791, 1792 and 1830. Only the 1830 revision uses Rossini's music.
  7. ^ Stanford University erroneously cites the premiere taking place in 1846.
  8. ^ Also its only performance

Sources[edit]

  • Gossett, Philip (1992). "Rossini, Gioachino" (work-list). The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, ed. Stanley Sadie, 4 vols. London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 0-333-73432-7.
  • Osborne, Charles (1994). The Bel Canto Operas of Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini. Portland, Oregon: Amadeus Press. ISBN 978-0-931340-71-0.
  • Osborne, Richard (2007). Rossini: His Life and Works, second edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-518129-6.
  • Center for Italian Opera Studies at The University of Chicago
  • Weinstock, Herbert (1968, 1987). Rossini: a Biography. New York City: Alfred A. Knopf ISBN 0-879-10071-0.