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Alfredo Catalani (born Lucca, 19 June 1854; died Milan, 7 August 1893)


Luigi Illica


Novel Die Geyer-Wally (1875) by Wilhelmine von Hillern



First Performance: Milan (Teatro alla Scala), 20 January 1892.

First Performance in UK: Manchester (), 27 March 1919.

First Performance in Scotland: Glasgow (Theatre Royal), 15 May 1919.



Catalani died at a sadly early age, and is perhaps the most important unfulfilled talent of his generation of Italian composers. His final opera, La Wally, in particular, is a much under-rated work, full of attractive music while also being effective dramatically. Wally's aria 'Ebben, ne andrò lontana' is one of the most atmospheric and justifiably popular pieces of its kind, though it is perhaps unfortunate that it comes so early in the work.


Main Characters

Wally 'the vulture maiden' (soprano)

Stromminger, her father (bass)

Gellner, her intended husband (baritone)

Hagenbach, her lover (tenor)

Walter, a strolling musician (soprano)

The Cast

 an innkeeper
Giuseppe Hagenbach
 of Sölden
Old Soldier
 a wealthy Tyrolean
Vincenzo Gellner
 of Hochstoff
 daughter of Stromminger - 'the Vulture Maiden'
 a strolling zither player

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