|Opera by Ildebrando Pizzetti|
Pizzetti in the early 1920s
29 April 1930
Lo straniero (The Stranger) is an opera (dramma lirico) in two acts composed by Ildebrando Pizzetti who also wrote the libretto. Based on characters from the Old Testament but with an invented story, it is the third work in Pizzetti's trilogy on the themes of redemption and the virtue of love. Although it did not receive its premiere until 1930, Pizzetti had begun the project several years earlier. He began the libretto in 1922 and completed it in 1923. The composition of the music was completed in 1925. The other two works in the trilogy are Dèbora e Jaéle which premiered in 1922 and Fra Gherardo which premiered in 1928.
Lo straniero premiered on 29 April 1930 at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. It was subsequently revived there in 1938 and 1955. It was also performed in 1942 at the Teatro Regio di Parma and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast, 29 April 1930|
Conductor: Gino Marinuzzi
|Lo straniero||tenor||Renato Zanelli|
|Old man||baritone||Amerigo Neri|
|King Hanóch||bass||Giacomo Vaghi|
- Gelli, Piero (ed.) (2005). "Straniero, Lo" Archived 2006-05-16 at the Wayback Machine. Dizionario dell'opera, p. 1219. Baldini Castoldi Dalai (republished on operamanager.it). Retrieved 17 February 2016 (in Italian).
- Casaglia, Gherardo (2005). "Lo straniero, 29 April 1930". L'Almanacco di Gherardo Casaglia (in Italian).
- Complete libretto (in typewritten manuscript form)
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