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Prigioniero 1969Teatro Comunale, Florence

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This visit by the opera company from Florence brought a repertoire of largely unfamiliar work, with the popular Verdi and Puccini presented with good casts that justified their inclusion. Two full-length operas were brought, Donizetti's Maria Stuarda as well as Rigoletto. There were two double bills. Gianni Schicchi was paired with a rare Rossini piece, Il signor Bruschino. There were also two little know twentieth century operas, with composers still alive. These were by Malipiero (Sette Canzoni) and Dallapiccola (Il prigioniero).

Dallapiccola's operatic masterpiece was given its stage premiere in the Florence Teatro Comunale, so what could be more appropriate than that the same company should introduce it to Edinburgh, as the second half of a double-bill of twentieth century rareties. Scipio Colombo created the title role both in the initial broadcast and in that stage premiere, and Nino Sanzogno had already conducted it at La Scala. Mirto Picchi was by now in the veteran stage - he was a regular partner of Maria Callas in the fifties, in operas such as Norma and Medea.

Performance DatesPrigioniero 1969

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

29 Aug, 19.30 5 Sep, 19.30

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