Musicare la Storia
Staffieri’s new study proposes a dramatic corrective to the contention that the Italian reception of Meyerbeer’s works began with a considerable delay. The author shows that the reception instead began with Gioachino Rossini’s French grand operas, continued with those by Auber, Meyerbeer, Halévy, and Donizetti, and influenced Verdi’s operas from Nabucco onward. Verdi’s early operas thus no longer appear as a mere ‘laboratory’ for the masterworks of the 1850s but rather as substantive works in their own right, works that in turn reinvigorated Italian opera through their engagement with French grand opera.
Keywords: Giacomo Meyerbeer – Gioachino Rossini – Giuseppe Verdi – French grand opera – Grand opera reception in Italy – Meyerbeer and Verdi – Verdi’s early operas and Risorgimento