Ernani

Romantic opera from 1844

Giuseppe Verdi
Composer

Description

Ernani is an operatic dramma lirico in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Hernani by Victor Hugo.

Verdi was commissioned by the Teatro La Fenice in Venice to write an opera, but finding the right subject took some time, and the composer worked with the inexperienced Piave in shaping first one and then another drama by Hugo into an acceptable libretto. As musicologist Roger Parker notes, the composer "intervened on several important points, insisting for example that the role of Ernani be sung by a tenor (rather than by a contralto as had originally been planned).

Ernani was first performed on 9 March 1844 and it was "immensely popular, and was revived countless times during its early years". It became Verdi's most popular opera until it was superseded by Il trovatore after 1853. In 1904 it became the first opera to be recorded completely.

Year 1844
Opening Night 1844
Time Period Romantic
Instrumentation Opera orchestra

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Ernani
Chandos
The Era of Adelina Patti
Nimbus
Boris Christoff (1914-1993)
Nimbus
Best of the Original Ensemble
Groupe Analekta, Inc.
The Chaliapin Edition, Vol. 3 - 1911-1914 La Scala Recordings
Arbiter Records / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Placido Domingo Performs Verdi
Vanilla OMP
A Night At The Opera
Vanilla OMP
The Art Of Raina Kabaivanska
Butterfly Music
Maria Callas: Habanera
Synergie OMP
Opera Arias
Warner Music
Opera Recital
Warner Music
Verdi Heroines
Warner Music
Cantolopera: Verdi's Choruses, Vol. 1
Cantolopera
Giorgio Lamberti: Recital
Qualiton - Myto
Ernani
Qualiton - Myto
A Tribute to Giuseppe Verdi: Inno delle Nazioni & Famous Opera Arias
Roméo Records / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Prima Voce: Legendary Voices
Nimbus
Prima Voce: Mattia Battistini
Nimbus
Prima Voce: Frieda Hempel
Nimbus
Prima Voce: Giuseppe De Luca
Nimbus
Prima Voce: Cesare Siepi
Nimbus
Prima Voce: Lev Sibiryakov
Nimbus