La battaglia di Legnano was composed in a moment of great patriotic fervour during the unification of Italy: just a few days after its first triumphant performance on 27 January 1849, Rome saw the proclamation of the Republic (The Second Roman Republic), while the Pope sought refuge in Gaeta. Reporters at the time told of how the people in the streets celebrated Verdi and Italy, singing excerpts from the opera which had just been performed. In this seldom performed opera, Verdi reaches new heights of composition and dramaturgy, beginning with the symphony. Patriotic tension alternates with principles of honour, which the tenor and baritone have to face. A title which was rediscovered by the Maggio, and which will be staged with the dramatical reading of Marco Tullio Giordana.
La battaglia di Legnano
Tragedia lirica in quattro atti
Libretto di Salvatore Cammarano tratto da La Bataille de Toulouse di Joseph Méry
Musica di Giuseppe Verdi
Prima rappresentazione: 27 gennaio 1849 al Teatro Argentina di Roma
Marco Tullio Giordana