The Vocal Score of van Westerhout’s great opera Doña Flor is now available!!

Doña Flor, The Vocal Score, Is Now Available!!

Doña Flor is a lyrical drama in one act with music by Niccolò van Westerhout and libretto by Arturo Colautti, which was performed for the first time April 18, 1896.
Composed for the theater in Mola di Bari already named after van Westerhout, Doña Flor was conceived keeping in mind its dimensions, insufficient to contain large vocal and instrumental ensemble, or to allow dazzling scenic changes.
The scene is only one, singers and orchestra members were reduced to the minimum necessary: three protagonists, a gondolier’s chorus out of scene. For the first performance, the orchestra members were forty-three, upon request of the composer, apportioned among strings, harp, cymbals and woodwinds. From such a calibrated orchestra, source of infinite symphonic and psychological hues, Niccolò draws with the alertness of not covering the singing.
Doña Flor is one of the most beautiful and outstanding Nineteenth century’s Italian operas; an opera that deserves to be placed among others whose fate was less transient and whose creators more lucky.

Doña Flor è un’opera in un atto con musiche di Niccolò van Westerhout e libretto di Arturo Colautti, che andò in scena per la prima volta il 18 aprile 1896.
Composta per il teatro di Mola di Bari già dedicato a van Westerhout, Doña Flor fu ideata tenendo conto delle sue dimensioni, insufficienti ad accogliere grandi complessi vocali e strumentali, e tanto meno a permettere molteplici cambi scenografici.
La scena è unica, cantanti e orchestrali sono ridotti allo stretto necessario: tre protagonisti, un coretto di gondolieri fuori campo. Per la rappresentazione di Mola, l’organico dell’orchestra prevedeva quarantatré elementi, per volontà dell’autore, tra archi, fiati, arpa e timpani. Dall’orchestra ben calibrata, fonte d’infinite gradazioni sinfoniche e psicologiche, Niccolò attinge con l’accortezza di non coprire il canto.
Doña Flor è una tra le opere italiane più belle e singolari della fine dell’Ottocento; un’opera che può ben figurare accanto ad altre la cui sorte è stata meno caduca e i cui artefici più fortunati.

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