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Messalina Messaline

Music

Isidore de Lara (born London, 9 August 1858; died Paris, 2 September 1935)

Text

Paul Armand Silvestre and Eugène Morand.

 

Premieres

First Performance: Monte Carlo (Opéra), 21 March 1899.

First Performance in UK: London (Covent Garden), 13 July 1899.

First Performance in Scotland: Glasgow (Theatre Royal), 28 March 1930.

 

Background

Isidore De Lara is certainly a minor composer, now largely forgotten, reckoned to be an excellent technician and orchestrator, but lacking the distinction of Massenet.. He composed several operas, two at least of which, Amy Robsart and Messaline were successful for several years, especially in Monte Carlo, Paris and London.

The Cast

Aedile
 
Bargeman
 
Blind Harp Player
 
Galley Oarsman
 
Gallus
 
Hares
 a poet, brother of Helion
Helion
 a gladiator
Leuconoe
 
Messalina
 wife of Emperor Claudius
Mime
 of Alexandria
Myrrho
 
Myrtillus
 
Olympias
 
Porter
 
Provincial Poet
 
Tavern Keeper
 
Tsilla
 
Tyndaris
 

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