La Battaglia Di Legnano - Performance History

Performance History

After initial performances around Italy the opera fell foul of the Austrian censors, but it was revived in Milan as L'assedio di Haarlem (The siege of Haarlem); in Parma in 1869 it was re-titled La disfatta degli Austriaci (The defeat of the Austrians).

In the 1880s it was re-styled in French as Pour la Patrie for a projected production at the Théâtre Château-d'Eau in Paris, although this adaptation was later performed in the French provinces.

The opera is rarely performed in modern times. It was seen in 1959 in Florence and Venice to commemorate the centenary of the Second Italian War of Independence, and in Trieste in 1963 (on each occasion starring Leyla Gencer). La Scala has mounted the opera only twice in the last century: once in 1916 and once in 1961. The 1961 cast was recorded and includes performances by Franco Corelli, Antonietta Stella, and Ettore Bastianini. The opera was not performed in the United Kingdom until 31 October 1960 when it was given its UK première in Cardiff, and it was as late as 28 February 1976 that it was given by the Amato Opera in New York. Two concert performances have been presented by the Opera Orchestra of New York; the first was in January 1987 with Matteo Manuguerra, Aprile Millo and Jerome Hines while the second was given in November 2001.

It has yet to be given a performance year by the Sarasota Opera as part of the "Verdi Cycle" of all Verdi's operas to be presented by 2016. However, as the Verdi bicentennial year approaches, it is being staged by the Teatro Regio di Parma in October 2012.

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