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About the opera Sakùntala

La leggenda di Sakùntala is a three-act opera by Franco Alfano, who wrote his own libretto, basing his work on Kalidasa's 5th-century BC drama Abhijñānaśākuntalam .
It was first performed at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna on 10 December 1921. The full score and orchestral materials were believed to have been destroyed when an allied bomb damaged the archives of Alfano's publisher Ricordi during World War II, so Alfano reconstructed the opera and it was performed at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome on 5 January 1952 with the shortened title of Sakùntala. During preparations for a revival in Rome in April 2006, a copy of the original 1921 score was discovered in the Ricordi archives, and the opera was performed for the first time in its original form in modern times under its original name, La leggenda di Sakùntala. Critically regarded as Alfano's best work, though seldom staged in recent years, the opera was performed seven times for Italian radio between its premiere and 1979. These broadcasts featured such sopranos as Magda Olivero, Anna de Cavalieri, and Celestina Casapietra in the title role. The opera was also revived at the Wexford Opera Festival in 1982.
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Roles in Sakùntala

Sakùntala Soprano
The King Tenor
His weapon bearer Baritone
Kanva Bass
A young hermit Tenor
Durvasas Bass
Harita Bass
A fisherman Tenor

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Soprano ANNA DE CAVALIERI FAlfano SAKUNTALA O nuvolanuvola leggera  172295
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Arias from Sakùntala

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1O nuvola...nuvola leggera Popularity:

Opera: SakùntalaComposer: AlfanoAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian