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Golisciani, Enrico (opera)

Barbara Reynolds and John Black

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Naples, Dec 25, 1848; d Naples, Feb 6, 1919). Italian librettist and poet . He was a prolific author; he wrote over 80 librettos between 1871 and the year of his death. His early style was influenced by the melodramatic nature of the works of Hugo and Sardou. Ponchielli’s last opera, Marion Delorme (1885, Milan), was a setting of Golisciani’s libretto, based on the novel by Hugo. After the success of Cavalleria rusticana (1890) he was one of the first Neapolitans to exploit the possibilities of verismo, notably in P. A. Tasca’s setting of A Santa Lucia (1892). In the 1890s he also began to introduce local colour, regional characteristics and social realism. His best-known librettos were written for Wolf-Ferrari: Il segreto di Susanna (1909, Munich), I gioielli della Madonna (with C. Zangarini, 1911, Berlin) and L’amore medico (1913, Dresden).

E. Golisciani...

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Subjects: Opera

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