THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM POLICE BAND
THR story of Masaniello doals with a revolt in Naplos, in 1617. Masaniello is the leader of the revolution, and his hatred of tho oppressors is fanned by the wrongs of his sister, Fenella, at the hands of the Spanish Viceroy. The opera ends in tragedy for the chief characters. Masaniello goes out of his mind and is killed, and Fenella throws herself into the sea. An eruption of Vesuvius is a striking feature of the plot. Fenella, the heroine, is dumb, and the part was usually played by the chief dancer in the opera ballet, with gestures only. The opera is usually known abroad as The Dumb Girl of Portici.
The Overture, according to tradition, is made up of tunes from the opera itaelf.
BERGITTE BLAKSTAD (Contralto)
PEDRO CALDERON DE LA BARCA
Translated for the English Stage by FRANK BIRCH and J. B. TREND
Characters in the order of their appearance :
The Scene: Poland
The Royal Palace, a fortress in the mountains and the open country
Incidental Music arranged from airs of Alessandro Scarlatti by J. B. TREND
Pedro Calderon De
Rosaura, a Lady of Muscovy:
Clarion, her servant:
Sigismund, Prince of Poland:
Clotaldo, his keeper:
Astolfo, Prince of Mucsovy:
Estrella, Princess of Poland:
Basilio, King of Poland V:
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