Orazi e Curiazi

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This article is about the Mercadante opera. For the Cimarosa opera, see Gli Orazi e i Curiazi.

Orazi e Curiazi (The Horatii and the Curiatii) is an opera by the Italian composer Saverio Mercadante. It takes the form of a tragedia lirica in three acts. The libretto, by Salvadore Cammarano is based on the Roman legend of the fight between the Horatii and the Curiatii. It was first performed at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples on 10 November 1846.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast
Conductor: Antonio Farelli
Orazio baritone Pietro Balzar
Curiazio tenor Gaetano Fraschini
Old Orazio bass Marco Arati
Old Curiazio tenor Capranica Jr.
Camilla soprano Erminia Frezzolini
Sabina mezzo-soprano Anna Salvetti
High Priest tenor Teofilo Rossi


Year Cast
(Orazio, Camilla,
Curiazio, Old Orazio)
Opera House and Orchestra
1975 Christian du Plessis,
Janet Price,
Richard Greager,
Malcolm King
Kenneth Montgomery,
Bournemouth Sinfonietta Orchestra and Choir
(Recording of a concert performance given by Opera Rara in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, 27 April)
78rpm: Unique Opera Records Corporation
Cat: UORC 250
1993 Nelly Miricioiu,
Anthony Michaels-Moore,
Marcus Jerome,
Alastair Miles
David Parry,
Philharmonia Orchestra and the Mitchell Choir
Audio CD: Opera Rara
ORC 12