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Today’s Memory – Giuseppe Verdi’s Un giorno di regno

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Premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s Un giorno di regno

5 September 1840


Un giorno di regno, ossia il finto Stanislao (A One-Day Reign, or The Pretend Stanislaus, but often translated into English as King for a Day) is an operatic melodramma giocoso in two acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto written in 1818 by Felice Romani. Originally written for the Bohemian composer Adalbert Gyrowetz the libretto was based on the play Le faux Stanislas written by the Frenchman Alexandre-Vincent Pineux Duval in 1808. It was given its premiere performance at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan on 5 September 1840.

Un giorno di regno Overture Teatro La Fenice Venice Conductor: Diego Matheuz

The first performance was a failure, and La Scala cancelled the remaining scheduled performances. They did not revive the work until 2001. Verdi would not attempt another operatic comedy until the end of his career with Falstaff. A contributing factor was that the only singers La Scala‘s impresario had available were those assembled for an opera seria, Otto Nicolai’s Il templario, and they had no experience with comedy. Other factors which have been noted include the large size of La Scala itself plus the rather old-fashioned nature of the work which was written in a style that was rapidly going out of fashion.

Five years later Verdi was decided to repropose the opera at the Teatro San Benedetto in Venice, to be precise on 11 October 1845, with the title Il finto Stanislao. Here he succeeded in obtaining a flattering success!

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Un giorno di regno Teatro Regio di Parma, Chorus and Orchestra, Conductor Donato Renzetti



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