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Stiffelio Libretto in Three Acts (volume16) cover
  • ISBN: 9780226853192
  • ISBN10: 0226853195

Stiffelio Libretto in Three Acts (volume16)

by Verdi

  • List Price: $346.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 74
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 10/01/2003
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Composed with Rigoletto, and sharing many of its characteristics, Stiffelio suffered from the censors' strictures. From its premiere in 1850, its text was diluted to appease the authorities. The story of Stiffelio, a protestant minister who eventually divorces his adulterous wife but forgives her from the pulpit in the final scene, shocked conservative Italian religious and political powers. The libretto was rewritten for subsequent revivals, and even some music was dropped. In 1856 the composer angrily withdrew Stiffelio from circulation, reusing parts of the score for his Aroldo. The rest was presumed lost.

In 1992 it was revealed that Verdi's heirs possessed not only most of the canceled score, but also sixty pages of sketches for Stiffelio. These were used in the critical edition that premiered in 1993 at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Performed for the first time as Verdi wrote it. Stiffelio has been enthusiastically received around the world.

With the publication of the critical edition, the first in full orchestral score, Stiffelio should take its rightful place in the Verdi canon.

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