Aria: Lieta voce

Composer: Rossini Gioachino

Opera: Eduardo e Cristina

Role: Cristina (Soprano)

Download free scores: "Lieta voce" PDF
En proie à la tristesse. La Comtesse. Le comte Ory. RossiniSempre teco ognor contenta. Lisinga. Demetrio e Polibio. RossiniAh che invan su questo. Anna. Maometto II. RossiniQuant'è grato all' alma mia. Elisabetta. Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra. RossiniDi piacer mi balza il cor. Ninetta. La gazza ladra. RossiniQual orribile sciagura!. Anaide. Mosè in Egitto. RossiniDeh tu reggi in tal momento. Ninetta. La gazza ladra. RossiniIn seno alla tristezza. La Contessa Adele di Formoutiers. Le comte Ory. RossiniQual colpo, ohime... Squallida veste e bruna. Fiorilla. Il turco in Italia. RossiniUna voce poco fa. Rosina. The Barber of Seville. Rossini
Eduardo e Cristina (Italian pronunciation: [eduˈardo e kkrisˈtiːna]) is an operatic 'dramma' in two acts by Gioachino Rossini to an Italian libretto originally written by Giovanni Schmidt for Odoardo e Cristina (1810), an opera by Stefano Pavesi, and adapted for Rossini by Andrea Leone Tottola and Gherardo Bevilacqua-Aldobrandini.
This pastiche work was composed in a great hurry for a first performance arranged less than a month after the premiere of Ermione. Rossini borrowed "19 of the 26 musical numbers" from his other works, including Adelaide di Borgogna, Ricciardo e Zoraide, as well as Ermione itself.
The opera was first performed at the Teatro San Benedetto, Venice, on 24 April 1819 and given 24 performances that season before being revived the following year at the more prestigious La Fenice. Ironically, while Ermione was not particularly well received, "Eduardo e Christina was a huge success". Apparently, the first performance was so well received that it took six hours, given the large number of encores.
The opera received productions elsewhere in Europe up to 1840, but after that they seem to have been very rare. It was given on 25 November 1834 in New York, Unlike most Neapolitan operas by Rossini, this one was "heavily altered from revival to revival". Among other productions, the opera was performed at the Rossini in Wildbad festival in 2017.
Eduardo, commander of the Swedish army, brings news of peace and is greeted triumphantly by King Carlo in Stockholm. That same day, the king announces that his daughter, Cristina, is to be married to Prince Giacomo of Scotland. Cristina, however, is already secretly Eduardo’s wife, and together they have a young son, Gustavo. Christina makes plans to escape, but during the wedding preparations little Gustavo is discovered. Cristina proclaims herself his mother, though she will not reveal the father’s name. When Eduardo appears, he reveals himself to be the boy’s father, and the illicit couple are led off to prison. Cristina continues to refuse a proposal of marriage to Giacomo, even though he has agreed to recognize Gustavo as his own son. Eventually Eduardo is freed by his friend and comrade in arms, Captain Atlei, and together they defeat a surprise attack by the Russians. After the battle, Eduardo hands his sword to King Carlo who, touched, forgives the couple and grants them his blessing.
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