Cincinnati Opera Libretti
I don’t know why I haven’t checked it out before, but when I did, I was surprised to see an entire box of vintage libretti in the music section.
Who knew they would have something like this?! They had (yes, past tense) a collection that included libretti from The Metropolitan Opera, the Metropolitan Opera House, Chicago Grand Opera, and the Cincinnati Opera. Two days later I returned with my imaginary cash card and purchased most of them. If you’re interested in buying the rest, you should probably do so before I get paid again.
These two libretti are from the Cincinnati Zoo Opera Company, when the opera was at the Zoo Opera Pavilion.
Isn’t this fun? Of course, I’ve never heard of the opera Andrea Chénier, nor have I heard of the composer Umberto Giordano and the librettist Luigi Illica (yes, I should know the latter). The next libretto cover should be a little more familiar.
Nice, huh? Here’s the inside.
And here’s something I discovered with some of these older libretti. They include the melody line from the arias in the back of the libretto.
This is something supertitles can’t give you. It’s too bad these melody lines aren’t printed in current opera programs.
Images by JennJolley from her Flickr Stream