Aria: How slowly drag the leaden hours away!

Composer: Stanford Charles Villiers

Opera: Much Ado About Nothing

Role: Claudio (Tenor)

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Donna non vidi mai. Il Cavaliere Renato des Grieux. Manon Lescaut. PucciniM'ingannò la mia speranza. Oliviero. Adelia. DonizettiCome rugiada al cespite. Ernani. Ernani. VerdiAddio fiorito asil. Benjamin Pinkerton. Madama Butterfly. PucciniD'inalzar i flutti al ciel fia che cessi. Adelberto. Ottone. HandelLa rivedrà nell'estasi. Riccardo. Un ballo in maschera. VerdiE tu, infelice ... Ah, il più lieto. Count Almaviva. The Barber of Seville. RossiniUn Inca, eccesso orribile. Zamoro. Alzira. VerdiConscrit conscrit guignon maudit. Pierre. Le violoneux. OffenbachNon pensi quell' altera. Berengario. Lotario. Handel
Much Ado About Nothing is an opera in four acts by Charles Villiers Stanford (his Op. 76a), to a libretto by Julian Sturgis based on Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing. It was the composer's seventh completed opera.
It premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 30 May 1901, conducted by Luigi Mancinelli, when it was "well, but not rapturously received by the public", and given one further performance four days later. The Manchester Guardian commented, "Not even in the Falstaff of Arrigo Boito and Giuseppe Verdi have the characteristic charm, the ripe and pungent individuality of the original comedy been more sedulously preserved."
The opera was performed in German translation in Leipzig in 1902.
It was revived at the 1964 Wexford Opera Festival in a production directed by Peter Ebert and by Opera Viva at the Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre, London in March 1985. In 2016 the Northern Opera Group performed extracts from the opera to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. A 17-minute ensemble from Act 1 (pages 38 to 63 of vocal score), recorded 'live' at a concert at St John's, Smith Square, London, on 12 February 1983 was included on a 1985 double-LP Opera Viva issue conducted by Leslie Head. A Beatrice-Benedick duet from the same section (pages 46 to 54 of vocal score) was recorded 'live' at a Europe Day Concert at St John's, Smith Square, on 9 May 2013.