Giovanna d'Arco (Joan of Arc) is an operatic dramma lirico with a prologue and three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera, who had prepared the libretti for Nabucco and I Lombardi. It is Verdi's seventh opera.
The work partly reflects the story of Joan of Arc and appears to be loosely based on the play Die Jungfrau von Orleans by Friedrich von Schiller. Verdi wrote the music during the autumn and winter of 1844/45 and the opera had its first performance at Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 15 February 1845.
This opera is not to be confused with Rossini's cantata of the same name, which was composed in 1832 for contralto and piano, and runs approximately 15 minutes.
Performances & Interviews
- Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco - Opera Guidehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vrnvh.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vrnvh.jpg2014-03-19T14:30:00.000ZA guide to Verdi's Giovanna d'Arco featuring the voices of opera historians.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01vrnxt
Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco - Opera GuideA guide to Verdi's Giovanna d'Arco featuring the voices of opera historians.