Ballata del mondo ("Ecco il mondo") : Work information

Composers
Arrigo Boito ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
Marco Pauluzzo (Bass), Compagnia d'Opera Italiana, Antonello Gotta (Conductor)

This work

Work name
Ballata del mondo ("Ecco il mondo")
Work number
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Key
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Genre
A
Composed
1868-01-01 02:00:00

This recording

Label
Cantolopera
Producer
Marcella Tessarin, Matteo Polzella, Vera Kovacs
Engineer
Gianluca Barbato
Recording date
n/a

The Composers

Arrigo Boito

Born in Milan to a Polish countess and a painter of miniatures, Arrigo Boito studied composition and aesthetics at the local conservatory, where he wrote his first libretti.  After graduation, he travelled to Paris where he met Giuseppe Verdi, for whom he composed some texts.  in 1868 he completed his most famous work, the opera Mefistofele (based on Goethe's Faust), which premiered disastrously at La Scala.   Although it was later reworked to great acclaim, it is his libretti for which he is chiefly remembered - he provided Verdi with further texts for Simon Boccanegra, Othello and Falstaff and Ponchinelli with La Gioconda.  He also prepared Italian versions of foreign operas such as Der FreischutzRienzi and Ruslan and Lyudmila.

Related composers: Carl Maria von Weber, Richard Wagner, Mikhail Glinka

Track listing

  • Act II Scene 2 - Arioso: 'Ecco il mondo?' 2:34 min

Notes

 Dramatic opera in four acts. Whilst the libretto is written by the composer, the story closely follows that Goethe's Faust.