Donizetti : Il furioso all isola di S Domingo

Bergamo, Teatro Donizetti, 1998 (Audio)

Director: Gustav Kuhn



  • Luciana Serra (Eleonora)
  • Carlo Lepore (Bartolomeo)
  • Renato Bruson (Cardenio)
  • Antonino Siragusa (Fernando)
  • Tiziana Bellavista (Marcella)Archivos para descarga:

Luciana Serra

Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo is an opera in 3 acts by composer Gaetano Donizetti. Jacopo Ferretti wrote the Italian libretto after Miguel de Cervantes’s novel Don Quixote (part one).
The opera premiered at the Teatro Valle in Rome, Italy on 2 January 1833. It was subsequently presented at La Scala (October 1833), the Teatro Regio di Parma (1834), the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (1835), the Teatro della Canobbiana (1835), the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (1835), and the Teatro di San Carlo (1836).

It is a romantic melodramma with a happy ending and a buffo character who acts as a foil for the madman’s ravings. There is no comedy in the work, however. Rather it is imbued with human warmth and pathos, as the completely deranged and heartbroken Cardenio goes through attempted suicides and homicide, only to discover that his wife really does love him.
The arias and ensembles of the opera are beautiful and carefully wrought.
At this point in his career, Donizetti had quite a bit of experience as a theater director in Naples. He was accustomed to working very closely with his librettists in order to arrive at the most succinct drama and the most effective scenes and musical constructions possible. He believed, above all, in brevity and clarity, rather than elaboration.
His letters to Ferretti during their collaboration show his extreme attention to every detail, and he made many demands on his librettist. Donizetti loved the story to Il Furioso and was enthusiastic about Ferretti’s text. He responded by creating some of the best musical characterizations of his entire operatic output.