A Brief History of Italian Opera

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mariusz Kwiecien as Don Giovanni and Véronique Gens as Donna Elvira in the Royal Opera House production of 'Don Giovanni' Mariusz Kwiecien as Don Giovanni and Véronique Gens as Donna Elvira in the Royal Opera House production of 'Don Giovanni' (Bill Cooper)

The Italian people have always had a love affair with opera, which has been a part of their life for more than 400 years. This week on Classics for Kids, take a trip through the history of Italian opera.

Music used within the program:

Monteverdi: L’Orfeo

Handel: Guilio Cesare, "Da tempeste"

Mozart: Don Giovanni, "Fin ch’ han dal vino"

Rossini: Barber of Seville, "Una voce poco fa"

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, "Sextet"

Bellini: Norma, "Mira o Norma"

Verdi: La Traviata, "Sempre Libre"

Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana, "Intermezzo"

Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci, "Vesta la giubba"

Puccini: La Boheme, "Musetta’s Waltz"

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