List of operas by Gaetano Donizetti

This is a list of the operas by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848).

Title[1]GenreSub­divi­sionsLibrettoPremiere date[2]Place, theatreNotes
Il Pigmalionescena drammatica1 act 13 October 1960, completed 1816Bergamo, Teatro Donizetti 
Olimpiade  Metastasio's L'Olimpiadeincomplete, composed 1817[3] 
L'ira di Achille 1 act incomplete, composed 1817[4] 
Enrico di Borgognamelodramma2 actsBartolomeo Merelli14 November 1818Venice, Teatro San Luca 
Una folliafarsa1 actBartolomeo Merelli17 December 1818, lostVenice, Teatro San Luca
I piccioli virtuosi ambulantiopera buffa1 act 1819[5] pasticcio performed by Mayr's students
Il falegname di Livonia, o Pietro il grande, czar delle Russieopera buffa2 actsGherardo Bevilacqua-Aldobrandini26 December 1819Venice, Teatro San Samuele 
Le nozze in villaopera buffa2 actsBartolomeo Merellicarnival 1820–1821, completed 1819Mantua, Teatro Vecchio 
Zoraida di Granatamelodramma eroico2 actsBartolomeo Merelli; revised for Rome 1824 by Jacopo Ferretti[6]28 January 1822Rome, Teatro Argentina, rev. 7 January 1824 at the same theatre 
La zingaradramma2 actsAndrea Leone Tottola12 May 1822Naples, Teatro Nuovo 
La lettera anonimafarsa1 actGiulio Genoino29 June 1822Naples, Teatro del Fondo 
Chiara e Serafina, o Il piratamelodramma semiserio2 actsFelice Romani, after Pixérécourt's La cisterne26 October 1822Milan, La Scala 
Alfredo il grandedramma per musica2 actsAndrea Leone Tottola2 July 1823Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Il fortunato ingannodramma giocoso2 actsAndrea Leone Tottola3 September 1823Naples, Teatro Nuovo 
L'ajo nell'imbarazzo
[see also Don Gregorio]
melodramma giocoso2 actsJacopo Ferretti, after Giovanni Giraud's comedy4 February 1824Rome, Teatro Valle 
Emilia di Liverpool
[see also L'eremitaggio di Liverpool]
dramma semiserio2 actsanonymous, after S. Scatizzi's Emilia de Laverpaut28 July 1824Naples, Teatro Nuovo 
Alahor in Granatadramma2 actsM. A.7 January 1826Palermo, Teatro Carolino 
Don Gregorio
[rev of L'ajo nell'imbarazzo]
melodramma giocoso2 actsJacopo Ferretti11 June 1826Naples, Teatro Nuovo 
Elvidadramma1 actGiovanni F. Schmidt[7]6 July 1826Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Gabriella di Vergytragedia lirica3 actsAndrea Leone Tottola, after Pierre de Belloy29 November 1869, completed 1826Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Olivo e Pasqualemelodramma giocoso2 actsJacopo Ferretti, after Simeone Antonio Sografi7 January 1827Rome, Teatro Valle 
Otto mesi in due ore, ossia Gli esiliati in Siberiaopera romantica3 actsDomenico Gilardoni, after Pixérécourt's La fille de l'exilé13 May 1827Naples, Teatro Nuovo 
Il borgomastro di Saardammelodramma giocoso2 actsDomenico Gilardoni, after Mélesville, Jean-Toussaint Merle and Eugène Cantiran de Boirie19 August 1827Naples, Teatro del Fondo 
Le convenienze teatrali
[see also Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali]
farsa1 actGaetano Donizetti, after Simeone Antonio Sografi21 November 1827Naples, Teatro Nuovo 
L'esule di Roma, ossia Il proscrittomelodramma eroico2 actsDomenico Gilardoni, after Luigi Marchionni's Il proscritto romano1 January 1828Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
L'eremitaggio di Liverpool
[rev of Emilia di Liverpool][8]
melodramma semiserio[9]2 actsGiuseppe Checcherini, after Scatizzi8 March 1828Naples, Teatro Nuovo 
Alina, regina di Golcondamelodramma2 actsFelice Romani, after Sedaine's libretto for Monsigny's opera-ballet Aline, reine de Golconde[10]12 May 1828Genoa, Teatro Carlo Felice 
Gianni di Calaismelodramma semiserio3 actsDomenico Gilardoni, after a novel by Arlincourt[11]2 August 1828Naples, Teatro del Fondo 
Il pariamelodramma2 actsDomenico Gilardoni, after Delavigne12 January 1829Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Il giovedì grasso, o Il nuovo Pourceaugnacfarsa[12]1 actDomenico Gilardoni26 February 1829Naples, Teatro del Fondo 
Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworthmelodramma3 actsAndrea Leone Tottola, after Scribe's Leicester and Hugo's Amy Robsart6 July 1829Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Alina, regina di Golconda [rev]melodramma2 actsFelice Romani, after Sedaine10 October 1829Rome, Teatro Valle[10] 
I pazzi per progettofarsa[13]1 actDomenico Gilardoni6 February 1830Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Il diluvio universaleazione tragica-sacra3 actsDomenico Gilardoni, after Byron's Heaven and Earth and Francesco Ringhieri's tragedy Il diluvio6 March 1830[14]Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Imelda de' Lambertazzimelodramma tragico2 actsAndrea Leone Tottola5 September 1830Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Anna Bolenatragedia lirica2 actsFelice Romani, after Pindemonte's tragedy Enrico VIII, ossia Anna Bolena and Alessandro Pepoli's Anna Bolena[15]26 December 1830Milan, Teatro Carcano 
Gianni di Parigimelodramma comico[16]2 actsFelice Romani, after Saint-Just's libretto for Boieldieu's opéra-comique Jean de Paris10 September 1839, composed c. 1828–1831[17]Milan, La Scala 
Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali
[rev of Le convenienze teatrali]
dramma giocoso2 actsDonizetti, after Sografi20 April 1831Milan, Teatro alla Canobbiana 
Francesca di Foixmelodramma1 actDomenico Gilardoni, after a libretto by Jean-Nicolas Bouilly and Emmanuel Mercier-Dupaty for Henri Montan Berton's 3-act opéra-comique Françoise de Foix.[18]30 May 1831Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
La romanziera e l'uomo nero
(or La romanzesca e l'uomo nero)
farsa1 actDomenico Gilardoni18 June 1831Naples, Teatro del Fondo (arias and ensembles survive but spoken dialogue is lost) 
Faustamelodramma2 actsDomenico Gilardoni and Donizetti12 January 1832Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Ugo, conte di Parigitragedia lirica4 actsFelice Romani, after Hippolyte-Louis-Florent Bis: Blanche d'Aquitaine13 March 1832Milan, La Scala 
L'elisir d'amoremelodramma giocoso2 actsFelice Romani, after Scribe's libretto for Auber's Le philtre12 May 1832Milan, Teatro alla Canobbiana 
Sancia di Castigliatragedia lirica2 actsPietro Salatino4 November 1832Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Il furioso all'isola di San Domingomelodramma2 actsJacopo Ferretti, after an anonymous play on Cervantes' Don Quixote2 January 1833Rome, Teatro Valle 
Otto mesi in due ore [rev]opera romantica3 actsAntonio Alcozer after Domenico Gilardoni1833Livorno 
Parisinamelodramma3 actsFelice Romani, after Byron17 March 1833Florence, Teatro della Pergola 
Torquato Tassomelodramma3 actsJacopo Ferretti9 September 1833Rome, Teatro Valle 
Lucrezia Borgiamelodrammaprologue & 2 actsFelice Romani, after Victor Hugo26 December 1833Milan, La Scala 
Il diluvio universale [rev]azione tragico-sacra3 actsanonymous, after Domenico Gilardoni17 January 1834Genoa, Teatro Carlo Felice 
Rosmonda d'Inghilterramelodramma serio2 actsFelice Romani27 February 1834Florence, Teatro della Pergola 
Maria Stuardatragedia lirica2 acts (or 3)Giuseppe Bardari, after Andrea Maffei's translation of Schiller[19]30 December 1835 (in 3 acts), completed August 1834Milan, La Scala 
Buondelmonte
[rev of Maria Stuarda]
tragedia lirica2 actsPietro Salatino18 October 1834Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Gemma di Vergytragedia lirica2 actsGiovanni Emanuele Bidera, after the play Charles VII by Dumas[20]26 December 1834Milan, La Scala 
Marino Falierotragedia lirica3 actsGiovanni Emanuele Bidera with revisions by Agostino Ruffini, after Casimir Delavigne's adaptation of Byron's play Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice[20]12 March 1835Paris, Théâtre-Italien 
Lucia di Lammermoor
[see also Lucie de Lammermoor]
dramma tragico3 actsSalvadore Cammarano, after Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor26 September 1835Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Belisariotragedia lirica3 actsSalvadore Cammarano, after Eduard von Schenk as translated by Luigi Marchionni4 February 1836Venice, La Fenice 
Il campanello di nottemelodramma giocoso1 actDonizetti, after the vaudeville La sonnette de nuit by Léon Levy Brunswick (Léon Lhérie), Mathieu-Barthélmy Troin, and Victor Lhérie1 June 1836Naples, Teatro Nuovo 
Betly, o La capanna svizzeradramma giocoso1 actDonizetti, after Scribe's and Mélesville's libretto for Adam's Le chalet21 August 1836Naples, Teatro Nuovo 
L'assedio di Calaisdramma lirico3 actsSalvadore Cammarano, after Pierre de Belloy19 November 1836Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Pia de' Tolomeitragedia lirica2 actsSalvadore Cammarano, after Bartolomeo Sestini, and Dante's La commedia18 February 1837Venice, Teatro Apollo 
Pia de' Tolomei [rev]tragedia lirica2 actsSalvadore Cammarano, after Bartolomeo Sestini, and Dante's La commedia31 July 1837Sinigaglia 
Betly [rev]dramma giocoso2 actsDonizetti29 September 1837Naples, Teatro del Fondo 
Roberto Devereuxtragedia lirica3 actsSalvadore Cammarano, after François Ancelot's tragedy Elisabeth d'Angleterre28 October 1837Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Maria de Rudenzdramma tragico3 actsSalvadore Cammarano, after the play La nonne sanglante by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois, Cuvelier and Maillan30 January 1838Venice, La Fenice 
Gabriella di Vergy [rev]tragedia lirica2 actsAndrea Leone Tottola, after Pierre de BelloyAugust 1978 recording, composed 1838London 
Poliuto
[see also Les Martyrs]
tragedia lirica3 actsSalvadore Cammarano, after Pierre Corneille30 November 1848, completed July 1838Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Pia de' Tolomei [rev 2]tragedia lirica2 actsanonymous revision of Cammarano's librettoMay 1838[21]Rome, Teatro Argentina[21] 
Lucie de Lammermoor
[rev of Lucia di Lammermoor, in French]
grand opéra[22]3 acts (or 4)[22]Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz, after the Italian libretto6 August 1839Paris, Théâtre de la Renaissance 
Le duc d'Albe
[see also Il duca d'Alba]
grand opéra4 actsCharles Duveyrier and Eugène Scribeincomplete, composed 1839[23]  
L'ange de Nisida
[see also La favorite]
opera semiseria4 partsAlphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz 18 July 2018  Completed 27 December 1839[24]Covent Garden 
Lucrezia Borgia [rev]dramma per musicaprologue & 2 actsFelice Romani, after Victor Hugo11 January 1840Milan, La Scala 
Les Martyrs
[rev of Poliuto, in French]
grand opéra4 actsEugène Scribe's revision and expansion of Cammarano's original libretto10 April 1840Paris Opera, Salle Le Peletier 
La fille du régimentopéra comique2 actsJean-François-Alfred Bayard and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint Georges11 February 1840Paris, Opéra-Comique 
Lucrezia Borgia [rev 2]dramma per musicaprologue & 2 actsFelice Romani, after Victor Hugo31 October 1840Paris, Théâtre-Italien 
La favorite
[rev of L'ange de Nisida]
grand opéra4 actsAlphonse Royer, Gustave Vaëz and Eugène Scribe2 December 1840Paris Opera, Salle Le Peletier 
Adeliamelodramma serio3 actsFelice Romani (Acts 1 & 2) and Girolamo Marini (Act 3), after an anonymous French play[25]11 February 1841Rome, Teatro Apollo 
Rita
(Deux hommes et une femme)
opéra comique1 actGustave Vaëz7 May 1860, completed 1841Paris, Opéra-Comique 
Maria Padillamelodramma3 actsGaetano Rossi and Donizetti, after François Ancelot26 December 1841Milan, La Scala 
Linda di Chamounixmelodramma semiserio3 actsGaetano Rossi19 May 1842Vienna, Kärntnertortheater 
Linda di Chamounix [rev]melodramma semiserio3 actsGaetano Rossi17 November 1842Paris, Théâtre-Italien 
Caterina Cornarotragedia lirica2 actsGiacomo Sacchèro, after Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges' libretto for Halévy's La reine de Chypre18 January 1844Naples, Teatro di San Carlo 
Don Pasqualedramma buffo3 actsGiovanni Ruffini and Donizetti, after Angelo Anelli's Ser Marcantonio; published with credit to "M.A."[26]3 January 1843Paris, Théâtre-Italien 
Maria di Rohanmelodramma tragico3 actsSalvadore Cammarano, after Lockroy (J. P. Simon) and Badon's Un duel sous le Cardinal de Richelieu5 June 1843Vienna, Kärntnertortheater 
Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugalgrand opéra5 actsEugène Scribe, after the play by Paul Foucher13 November 1843Paris Opera, Salle Le Peletier 
Dom Sebastian von Portugal
[rev of Dom Sébastien]
große Oper[27]5 actsLeo Herz's translation of Scribe's libretto6 February 1845Vienna, Kärntnertortheater 
Il duca d'Alba [completion by Matteo Salvi of original Le duc d'Albe]opera4 acts[28]Angelo Zanardini's revision of the original libretto by Duveyrier and Scribe22 March 1882Rome, Teatro Apollo 

References

Notes

  1. The information in the table is taken from Smart and Budden 2001, unless otherwise noted.
  2. Operas are initially listed by date of completion of composition, which usually correlates closely with the date of the premiere. When the date of completion is significantly earlier than the date of the premiere (or there was no premiere), the date of composition is given. However, the column rows sort by the date of the premiere (or by the date of composition, if there is no premiere). To restore the initial state use the browser refresh button.
  3. Olimpiade: Donizetti composed the one duet from Metastasio's famous libretto, probably during his student days for his friends. A copyist full score is located in the Museo Donizettiano, Bergamo (Ashbrook 1982, pp. 580–581).
  4. L'ira di Achille: Donizetti set the first act and a duet from Act 2 scene v. The libretto, probably by Felice Romani, had previously been set by Giuseppe Nicolini (Milan, 1814). A copyist full score of a bass aria with chorus is listed in the catalog of the Museo Donizettiano, Bergamo (Ashbrook 1982, p. 580).
  5. I piccioli virtuosi ambulanti was the title of one of the annual end-of-term pasticcios that were organized by the Bergamo music school's director, the composer Simon Mayr. Donizetti contributed an introduzione and a scene with aria and chorus, which he also used in Le nozze in villa (Ashbrook 1982, p. 581).
  6. Allitt 1991, p. 26
  7. Weinstock 1963 , p. 36: He notes that Schmidt "wrote more than one hundred librettos"
  8. Osborne 1994, p. 158.
  9. OCLC 498281465
  10. Ashbrook 1982, p. 544.
  11. Steiner-Isenmann 1982, p. 503; Smart and Budden 2001.
  12. Ashbrook 1982, p. 547.
  13. Ashbrook 1982, p. 548.
  14. Smart and Budden 2001.
  15. Ashbrook 1982, p. 549.
  16. OCLC 40787703, 82723197
  17. Osborne 1994, p. 198.
  18. Ashbrook 1982, p. 551, and Osborne 1994, p. 200. Smart & Budden 2001 and Ashbrook 1992 say Gilardoni's libretto was based on Charles Simon Favart's libretto Ninette à la cour as adapted for Louis Joseph Saint-Amans' 2-act 1791 opéra-comique.
  19. Ashbrook & Hibberd 2001, p. 235.
  20. Ashbrook & Hibberd 2001, p. 236.
  21. Osborne 1994, p. 257.
  22. Lucie de Lammermoor. OCLC 71624699, 18597094.
  23. Le duc d'Albe: composed April–October 1839 (Ashbrook 1982, p. 567). See also OCLC 63909833.
  24. Ashbrook 1982, p. 569.
  25. Ashbrook 1982, p. 571.
  26. Weinstock 1963, pp. 188—189
  27. Dom Sebastian von Portugal. OCLC 79789205.
  28. Il duca d'Alba. OCLC 174363469.

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