Hernani, ou l'Honneur Castillan
Also known simply as Hernani.
The original text
A play set in the Spanish court of 1519 and telling of complex courtly romance and intrigues, the play was a direct response to the restrictions imposed Classicists, and heralding the arrival of the Romantic movement in theatre. Its first performance by the Comédie-Française, on 25 February 1830, in fact led to famous demonstrations by the old guard against the new movement. The text was published in the same year.
Translations and adaptations
The play formed the basis for the opera (or "operatic dramma Lirico") in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) called Ernani. It was composed to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (1810-1876). First performed on 9 March 1844 it was immensely popular.
Performance history in South Africa
Jill Fletcher, 1994
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