Operetta in two acts.
Book by Edwin Justus Mayer, based on his play The Firebrand.
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin.
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.
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; 126.96.36.199; harp, guitar, timp & perc; strings.
Duration: full evening
EMI Classics CD5 55563 2
Kurt Weill on Broadway:
Thomas Hampson, Elizabeth Futral, Jerry Hadley,
London Sinfonietta, John McGlinn, cond.
|Rodney Gilfry, Lori Ann Fuller, George Dvorsky,
BBC Symphony Orchestra