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Bianca e Falliero

Composer:
Gioachino Rossini
Original Language:
Italian
Librettist:
Felice Romani
Description:
Opera in Two Acts
Notes:

Based on Blanche et Montcassin by Antoine-Vincent Arnoult 1798

Time:
17th Century
Place:
Venice
Role Voice Part Classification
Bianca Soprano L
Falliero Mezzo Soprano L
Contareno Tenor L
Capellio Baritone L
Constanza Mezzo Soprano F
Priuli (Doge of Venice) Bass S
Loredano (See note below) B
Cancelliere (Chancellor) Tenor B
Ufficiale (Officer) Tenor B
Usciere (Usher) Tenor CB
 
Minimum Chorus:  40
Divisi:  SATB
Chorus Notes:  

The libretto refers to the “Council of Three.” Along with Contareno and Capellio, there is a third character “Loredano,” who is referred to in the libretto, but only appears in one scene, and never sings any solo lines. There is an indication in the full score that he joins the male chorus in an ensemble In a staged performance, he would be classified as a Solo Bit, but for a concert performance, the role can be omitted