Bianca e Fernando

Bianca e Fernando and Bianca e Gernando: a challenging yet promising career beginning for the young Bellini.

After the success of his first major work, the student opera Adelson e Selvini (1825) in the San Sebastiano Conservatory in Naples, Bellini obtained the chance to present a new opera in the prestigious San Carlo, a remarkable career beginning and a very promising first step. Nonetheless this wasn’t exempt of difficulties.

Choosing to collaborate with the young librettist D. Gillardoni (who would later work with G. Donizetti) on the successful play Bianca e Fernando alla tomba di Carlo IV, duca di Agrigento (1820) by C. Roti, he had put together the two-act opera Bianca e Fernando, scheduled for January of 1826.

Because this coincided with the anniversary of recently deceased king Ferdinando I, censors had the title changed to Bianca e Gernando, for court etiquette reasons. Only two years later was the opera (re)named Bianca e Fernando for the presentation in Genoa (1828).


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