ⓘ La figlia di Iorio

                                     

ⓘ La figlia di Iorio

La figlia di Iorio, sometimes written as La figlia di Jorio, is an opera in three acts by Alberto Franchetti to a libretto by Gabriele DAnnunzio. The libretto is a very close rendering of DAnnunzios play of the same name. La figlia di Iorio premiered at La Scala on 29 March 1906, conducted by Leopoldo Mugnone. Although the play, which had premiered two years earlier, was considered one of DAnnunzios greatest works, the opera did not achieve a comparable success and has been rarely performed since its day.

                                     

1. Synopsis

The story is set in the small town in Abruzzo: Lama dei Peligni. Near the Grotta del Cavallone, lives a wealthy family in decline: the Sangro of Roio del Sangro. The father Lazaro di Roio is happy because his young son Aligi is getting married with a rich woman of the country. However the wedding is interrupted by the inhabitants of Lama, enraged against a girl. The girl named Mila is accused by the superstitions of the people of being a witch, and so is likely to be sentenced to death. Aligi chases people away, because he is in love with her. So the young man breaks the marriage and Lazaro curses him away. Aligi and Mila go to live in exile in the Cave, hated by all the people, and plan to leave the country. Aligi but is too poor and so he travels to Rome to appeal to the pope. When he returns confident, Aligi discovers that the inhabitants of Lama Peligni burned alive Mila during his absence.

                                     

2. Recordings

  • Souvenirs from Verismo Operas, Volume 1, International Record Collectors Club IRCC 812 contains an aria and duet from La figlia di Iorio with two singers from the original cast
  • "Che ce egli, Aligi!" sung by Eugenio Giraldoni and Giovanni Zenatello Fonotipia 1906
  • "Rinverdisca per noi" sung by Giovanni Zenatello Fonotipia 1906
  • La figlia di Iorio, a live recording from the 1988 performance of the opera at the Teatro del Vittoriale, Gardone with Enrico De Mori conducting the Orchestra e Coro della Città di Verona, was released in 2010 on the Inscena/Opera suite label
                                     

3. Notes and references

  • "DAnnunzio, Gabriele", Encyclopædia Britannica, 2007. Retrieved November 7, 2007, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online
  • Rosenthal, Harold and John Warrack. 1979, 2nd ed. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera. London, New York and Melbourne: Oxford University Press. p. 168. ISBN 0-19-311318-X.
  • Gelli, Piero ed., Figlia di Jorio, La, Dizionario dellOpera, 2005, Milan: Baldini Castoldi Dalai, ISBN 88-8490-780-2.
                                     
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  • contemporary works, notably Ildebrando Pizzetti s Cagliostro and La figlia di Iorio and Juan Jose Castro s Proserpina y el Extranjero. One of the leading
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  • performance of Gabriele d Annunzio s La figlia di Iorio at the Vittoriale in 1927 and his involvement with the Carro di Tespi, a travelling theatre initiative
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  • mostly at La Scala. Most notably he took part in the premiere performances of Umberto Giordano s Siberia 1903 and Franchetti s La figlia di Iorio 1906