Fra Diavolo

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Daniel Auber

Daniel Auber (arr. Louis-Philippe Laurendeau)


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General Info

Year: 1830 / c. 1885 /1907
Duration: c. 8:55
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Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Program Notes

Fra Diavolo, ou L'hôtellerie de Terracine (Fra Diavolo, or The Inn of Terracina) is an opéra comique in three acts by the French composer Daniel Auber, from a libretto by Auber's regular collaborator Eugène Scribe. It is loosely based on the life of the Itrani guerrilla leader Michele Pezza, active in southern Italy in the period 1800-1806, who went under the name of Fra Diavolo ("Brother Devil"). The opera was first performed by the Opéra-Comique at the Salle Ventadour in Paris on 28 January 1830 and an Italian version was prepared by Auber and Scribe for performance in London in 1857. This contained new recitatives and arias, as well as expanding the roles of Fra Diavolo's accomplices.

The opera was Auber's greatest success, one of the most popular works of the 19th century, and was in the standard repertory in its original French as well as German and Italian versions. An English translation was also prepared. Hugh Macdonald has characterized this comic opera as "the most successful work of its kind before Offenbach."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Fra Diavolo (or L'hotelerie de Terracine) is in three acts and was first produced in Paris on January 28, 1830. It is Auber's most famous opera and remains the only one in the permanent repertory. Fra Diavolo (tenor) is a notorious bandit who assumes the identity of the Marquis of San Marco while engaged in a convoluted plot to steal the jewels of Lady Pamela (mezzo soprano). the wife of Lord Cockburn (bass). During this episode, Fra Diavolo compromises Zerlina (soprano), the daughter of an innkeeper. When he is betrayed by his associates, Fra Diavolo is shot. However, before dying, he clears Zerlina of any involvement in the affair, after which she is reunited with her lover, Lorenzo (tenor). In an alternative ending, Fra Diavolo escapes the bullet and is taken prisoner.

- Program Note by Frank Byrne for liner notes of U.S. Marine Band CD Overtures, Volume Two


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  • Blossom Festival Band (Cuyahoga, Ohio) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) - 4 July 2023


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