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I lombardi alla prima crociata, Opera by G. Verdi

I lombardi alla prima crociata, Opera by G. Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi had a special knack for patriotic and epic subjects, and I Lombardi alla prima crociata is an excellent example of the Maestro’s dramatic flair. Inspired by Tommaso Grossi’s epic poem of the same title, the opera in four acts addresses the feud between two noble brothers amid the chaos and tragedy of the First Crusade. As in many of his other operas, Verdi masterfully combines intense personal conflict with major historical and societal developments. I Lombardi alla prima crociata debuted on 11 February 1843 at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. This season, Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice revives one of Verdi’s hidden gems.

The opera’s title translates to “The Lombards on the First Crusade”. The librettist Temistocle Solera followed Grossi’s convoluted and dramatic plot closely, and Verdi composed a scorching score to match. At the time, I Lombardi alla prima crociata enjoyed similar popularity and praise as Nabucco, the Maestro’s previous undisputed success that helped establish him as an operatic force. While it did not gain the same international fame as Verdi’s Egyptian expedition, this epic opera about crusaders and their complex familial relations and intergenerational conflicts maintained its appeal in professional and connoisseur circles.

I Lombardi alla prima crociata tells the story of the brothers Arvino and Pagano who have a simmering feud. At the centre of it is Viclinda, the woman both brothers adored but only one – Arvino – was lucky enough to have. Blinded by his desire for love and vengeance, Pagano commits a heinous act and murders his own father, which leads to his condemnation and banishment.  Meanwhile, Arvino becomes a leader of the First Crusade. He reaches all the way to Antioch, where his soldiers start a campaign of plunder and destruction, much to the dismay of the local rulers as well as his own daughter Giselda. The young lady defects to the other side and falls in love with Oronte, the son of the ruler of Antioch. How will the family, military, and political struggles unfold? Audiences at Gran Teatro La Fenice are in for a classic Verdi drama.

image Gran Teatro La Fenice / Fondazione Teatro La Fenice, Michele Crosera