Don Rodrigo
Composer: Alberto Ginastera
Librettist: Alejandro Casona
Other Artistic Personnel: Jorge Petraglia (Director)
Bruno Bartoletti (Conductor)
Original Cast: Florinda, daughter of Count Don Julian (s)
Don Rodrigo, King of Spain (t)
Don Julian, Governor of Ceuta (bar)
Teudiselo, Tutor of Don Rodrigo (b)
Fortuna, Florinda's maidservant (mz)
Premiere Date: July 24, 1964
Description: Don Rodrigo, after avenging an attack upon his father, returns to be crowned King of Spain. Don Julian, Governor of Africa, introduces Rodrigo to his daughter Florinda. Rodrigo promises her father to treat her as a daughter if he will allow her to stay at court. During Rodrigo’s coronation, Florinda drops the crown. Disregarding this sinister omen, he places the crown on his own head. Since ancient times every King of Spain has respected the secret locked inside a chest in the Vault of Hercules, but Rodrigo forces the chest open. Inside he finds an Arab flag and a curse: He will be the last of his dynasty and the Arabs will enslave Spain. Florinda bathes naked in a fountain, and Rodrigo sees her. He enters Florinda’s chamber at night and forcefully seduces her. Furious at Rodrigo for both seducing her and then abandoning her, Florinda writes her father demanding revenge. Don Julian raises a rebellion against him and defeats Rodrigo at Guadalete. After the battle, Rodrigo, a penniless wanderer dying in the home of a blind hermit, is discovered by Florinda. After confessing his sins he dies in her arms.
Character List (Major): Florinda, daughter of Count Don Julian (s)
Don Rodrigo, King of Spain (t)
Don Julian, Governor of Ceuta (bar)
Teudiselo, Tutor of Don Rodrigo (b)
Fortuna, Florinda's maidservant (mz)
Character List (Minor): 1st Maiden (s)
2nd Maiden (mz)
Bishop (bar)
Blind Hermit (bar)
Young Mesenger (contralto)
1st Page (t)
Voice in the Deream (b)
Peasant boy (child)
Peasant girl (child)
Bit Parts: 2nd Page (bar)
1st Blacksmith (t)
2nd Blacksmith (bar)
1st Messenger (t)
2nd Messenger (bar)
Reviews: New York Times, John Vincent, 8/9/1964, Page X11;
Length: 1:44
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: Chorus
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