Le Villi

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Giacomo Antonio Puccini


Ferdinando Fontana


31 May 1884, Milan (Teatro dal Verme)




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About the opera Le Villi

Le Villi (The Willis or The Fairies) is an opera-ballet in two acts (originally one) composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Ferdinando Fontana, based on the short story Les Willis by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr. Karr's story was in turn based in the Central European legend of the willis, also used in the ballet Giselle. The opera, in its original one act version, was first performed at the Teatro Dal Verme, Milan on 31 May 1884.
Le Villi is Puccini's first stage work. It was written for an 1883 competition of one-act operas by the publisher Sonzogno in his periodical Il teatro illustrato, but did not even earn an honourable mention. According to Mosco Carner, this may have been because it was written in such haste that the score was all but illegible. His supporters, who included Arrigo Boito, funded the first production, whose favorable reception led to publication by Giulio Ricordi. Puccini's mother received the following telegram on the night of premiere at the Teatro dal Verme on 31 May 1884: "Theatre packed, immense success; anticipations exceeded; eighteen calls; finale of first act encored thrice"'. Ricordi urged the composer to expand the work, and Puccini did, producing a new version later that year, which was followed by modifications in 1888, and the final version in 1892.
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Roles in Le Villi

Guglielmo Baritone or Bass
Anna Soprano
Roberto Tenor

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Arias from Le Villi

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Se come voi piccina io fossi

Opera: Villi, LeComposer: PucciniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna
2No possibil non e

Opera: Villi, LeComposer: PucciniAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Guglielmo
3Torna ai felici di

Opera: Villi, LeComposer: PucciniAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Roberto
4Anima sante

Opera: Villi, LeComposer: PucciniAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Guglielmo