To commemorate today’s 520th anniversary of Columbus’ rediscovery of the Americas, here’s an opera written to commemorate the 400th anniversary!
Alberto Franchetti wrote Cristoforo Colombo in 1892 and though I’d never heard of him he was a big deal in his day, hailed as the Italian Meyerbeer for combining the characteristics of Italian Verismo and French Grand Opera traditions. This chiefly choral piece, Ove ne Spinge il Vento? (Where does the Wind take us?) is quite striking, no?
Man, with all the Chirstopher Columbus operatic adaptations I’ve discovered researching this post, I gotta ask: where are the operatic Columbus Day celebrations?!?!