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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Translation(s):

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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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Popular videos from La Vestala

MARIA CALLAS Amsterdam 1959 160245
Tu che invoco con orrore
Maria Callas
Di lauri il suol spargiamo La Vestale Maria Callas 164835
Di lauri il suol spargiamo
Maria Callas

Placido Domingo La Vestale Ohime Quale Apparato 171499
Ohime quale apparato
Plácido Domingo
Alma Vesta del ciel La Vestale Maria Callas 181986
Alma vesta del ciel
Maria Callas

Presso il sublime tempio La Vestale Maria Callas 191674
Presso il sublime tempio
Maria Callas
Fermate Satelliti di morte La Vestale Maria Callas 174535
Fermate satelliti di morte
Maria Callas

Oh delitto Oh sventura La Vestale Maria Callas 168533
Oh! delitto oh sventura
Maria Callas

All scenes from La Vestala

Arias from La Vestala
Duets from La Vestala

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Overture Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.01

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: French

Roles:
2Presso il sublime tempio Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: French

Roles: Cinna/Licinius
3Alma vesta del ciel Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: French

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

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: French

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

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.04-2

Type: duetVoice: Mz SLanguage: French

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

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.04-3

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles: Chief Priest
7Oh! di funesta possa Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
8Di lauri il suol spargiamo Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz T SLanguage: French

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

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.07

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: French

Roles:
10Divino foco alma del monde Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: French

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

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
12Su questro scaro altare Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
13Giulia e la sua voce Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Licinius/Julia
14Licinio ciel qual voce Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.05

Type: trioVoice: S T TLanguage: French

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

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.06

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
16O nume tutelar degli infelice Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.07

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
17Ohime quale apparato Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Licinius
18Cinna l'arme che fan Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: French

Roles: Licinius/Cinna
19D'un sacrifizio orrende Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.03

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Licinius
20Differir vi consiglio Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.04

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles: Chief Aruspices
21La vestala infida mora Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.05

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: French

Roles: Julia/Great Vestal
22Sul profanato altar Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.06

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles:
23Caro oggeto Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
24Fermate satelliti di morte Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Licinius/Julia
25Lieti concenti Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 3.09

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: French

Roles: