I Rantzau

I Rantzau (The Rantzau Family) is an opera in four acts by Pietro Mascagni (1892), based on a libretto by Guido Menasci and Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti, based on the play Les Rantzau (1873) by French writers Erckmann and Chatrian, after their novel (1882) Les Deux Frères (The Two Brothers).

It was first performed at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, Italy on 10 November 1892.[1]

The overture is popular and was recorded in Berlin with Mascagni conducting in 1927. The soprano solo in Act 1 is an excellent example of true verismo aria, and has an emotional impact that parallels the composer's work in Cavalleria rusticana. The soprano/tenor duet is impressive enough (and has been recorded in modern times by Plácido Domingo and Renato Scotto), but the opera is perhaps the least revived of Mascagni's "other" operas, with only one recording made of the full opera.[2]


Role Voice type Premiere cast, 10 November 1892[3]
(Conductor: - )
Gianni Rantzau baritone Mattia Battistini
Giorgio tenor Fernando De Lucia
Luisa soprano Hariclea Darclée
Giacomo Rantzau bass Luigi Broglio
Fiorenzo baritone Edoardo Sottolana
Giulia mezzo-soprano Stefania Collamarini
Lebel tenor Giovanni Paroli


  1. Michelle Girardi: Mascagni, Pietro Grove Music Online, accessed 10 April 2007.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2009-04-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Mascagni.org, recordings, accessed April 3, 2009.
  3. "italianOpera". Retrieved 6 March 2016.
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