La Vestala

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Composer:

Gasparo Spontini

Librettist:

Victor-Joseph Etienne de Jouy

Premiere:

15 December 1897, Paris (Opera)

Language:

French

Synopsis:

La Vestala Synopsis

Libretto:

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About the opera La Vestala

La vestale (The Vestal Virgin) is an opera composed by Gaspare Spontini to a French libretto by Etienne de Jouy. It was first performed at the Paris Opéra in Paris on December 15, 1807 and is regarded as Spontini's masterpiece. The musical style shows the influence of Gluck and looks forwards to the works of Berlioz, Wagner and French Grand Opera.
Spontini had finished La vestale by the summer of 1805 but had faced opposition from leading members of the Opéra and rivalry from fellow composers. The premiere was made possible with the help of Spontini's patron, the Empress Josephine, but only after being rearranged by Jean-Baptiste Rey and Louis-Luc Loiseau de Persuis. La vestale was an enormous success, enjoying over two hundred performances by 1830. Its fame soon spread abroad; it first appeared on the Italian stage in Naples in 1811, and it was performed in Stockholm in 1823. Important 20th-century revivals include the 1954 production at La Scala with Maria Callas in the title role, which was the first opera staging by the famous director Luchino Visconti. La vestale is famous in historical terms but is only very infrequently performed. Two of its arias (translated to Italian and recorded by Maria Callas and Rosa Ponselle), "Tu che invoco" and "O Nume tutelar", are better known than the work as a whole.
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Roles in La Vestala

Licinius Tenor
Cinna Tenor
Chief Priest Bass
Julia Soprano
The Great Vestal Mezzo-Soprano
Chief of the Aruspices Bass
A consul

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All scenes from La Vestala

Arias from La Vestala
Duets from La Vestala

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Overture

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.01

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: French

Roles:
2Presso il sublime tempio

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: French

Roles: Cinna/Licinius
3Alma vesta del ciel

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: French

Roles: Great Vestal/Julia
4E questa l'ultima volta

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: French

Roles: Julia/Great Vestal
5Che si vuole da me

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.04-2

Type: duetVoice: Mz SLanguage: French

Roles: Great Vestal/Julia
6E l'amore un mostro un barbaro

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.04-3

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles: Chief Priest
7Oh! di funesta possa

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
8Di lauri il suol spargiamo

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz T SLanguage: French

Roles: Licinius/Great Vestal/Cinna/Julia
9Ballet 1

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.07

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: French

Roles:
10Divino foco alma del monde

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: French

Roles: Julia/Great Vestal
11Tu che invoco con orrore

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
12Su questro scaro altare

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
13Giulia e la sua voce

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Licinius/Julia
14Licinio ciel qual voce

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.05

Type: trioVoice: S T TLanguage: French

Roles: Julia/Licinius/Cinna
15Oh! delitto oh sventura

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.06

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
16O nume tutelar degli infelice

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.07

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
17Ohime quale apparato

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Licinius
18Cinna l'arme che fan

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: French

Roles: Licinius/Cinna
19D'un sacrifizio orrende

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.03

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Licinius
20Differir vi consiglio

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.04

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles: Chief Aruspices
21La vestala infida mora

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.05

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: French

Roles: Julia/Great Vestal
22Sul profanato altar

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.06

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles:
23Caro oggeto

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
24Fermate satelliti di morte

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Licinius/Julia
25Lieti concenti

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.09

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: French

Roles: