The Firebrand of Florence

Operetta in two acts.
Book by Edwin Justus Mayer, based on his play The Firebrand.
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

Song List
Performance Information
Principal Productions

1- Earl Wrightson as Cellini and Beverly Tyler as Angela
from the Broadway production, 1945.
2- Kurt Weill with Ira Gershwin


Benvenuto Cellini, the great Florentine artist, is sentenced to hang, but he is pardoned when the duke realizes that he has not completed a previously commissioned sculpture. Freed, he is able to turn his attention to his favorite model (and object of his affections), Angela. The Duke also is interested in Angela. In a typical operetta plot, Cellini swashbuckles around the stage, keeping the Duke away from Angela, keeping himself away from the Duchess, and escaping yet another death sentence by fleeing to Paris, as the end of the show recapitulates the beginning.

Song list

Performance Information
Cast: Singing roles -- Benvenuto Cellini (baritone), Angela (soprano), Emilia (soprano), Duke (baritone), Duchess (mezzo-soprano), Ottaviano (baritone), Magistrate, Hangman (bass), Tartman (tenor), Ascanio (baritone), Maffio, Captain of the Guard (tenor), Marquis, Page (boy soprano), ensemble.

Speaking roles -- Arlecchino, Columbina, Beatrice, Pierot, Flomina, Major Domo, Pantalone, Fiorinetta, Gelfomino, clerks, models, apprentices, vendors, courtiers, citizens.
Orchestra: 1 (picc). 1 (Eng hn) 2.1;; harp, guitar, timp & perc; strings.
Duration: full evening

Principal productions

EMI Classics CD
5 55563 2
Kurt Weill on Broadway
Thomas Hampson, Elizabeth Futral, Jerry Hadley, 
London Sinfonietta, John McGlinn, cond. 
Capriccio CD
Rodney Gilfry, Lori Ann Fuller, George Dvorsky, Felicity Palmer
BBC Singers,
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Davis