Pierantonio Tasca

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Pierantonio Tasca (1858–1934) was an Italian opera composer. His first opera, Bianca, premiered in 1885, to a libretto by Enrico Golisciani.[1] The famed singer Luisa Tetrazzini participated in the premiere.[2]

His next operas, A Santa Lucia (1892) and Pergolesi (1898), had successful premieres in Berlin.[2] The libretto for A Santa Lucia was written by Enrico Golisciani, based on the book Scene popolari napoletane (1889) by Goffredo Cognetti (Napoli 1855-Castiglioncello, Livorno 1943).[3] The score was published by Galletti e Cocci (Florence) in 1892.[4] Pergolesi was based on a libretto by Eugenio Chécchi (Livorno 1838 - Roma 1932).[5]

In 1901, an operetta by Tasca called Studenti e sartine premiered in Tasca's hometown of Noto, in Sicily.[2] Tasca presented the work using a pseudonym, "D'Anthony."[6][2]

Tasca's next opera to be performed onstage was La lupa, with a libretto by Giovanni Verga. La lupa was published in the second decade of the 20th century,[7] but had its premiere in Noto in 1932.[2] Two additional operatic works composed by Tasca, La madre and Scongiuro, were never performed. Tasca also wrote a Messa da Requiem, a death elegy to Edmondo De Amicis, as well as symphonic and chamber music.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Golisciani, Enrico, Enrico (1885). Bianca : dramma lirico in 4 atti : Firenze, Teatro della Pergola, carnevale 1885 / di Enrico Golisciani ; musica del maestro Pierantonio Tasca. Rome: Stabilimento Tipografico dell'Unione. p. 36. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ambìveri, Corrado (1998). Operisti minori: dell'ottocento Italiano. Rome: Gremese Editore. 
  3. ^ Golisciani, Enrico (1893). A Santa Lucia : melodramma in due atti (dalle Scene popolari napolitane di Goffredo Cognetti) / musica di Pierantonio Tasca ; versi di Enrico Golisciani. Trieste: V. R. Andreolo. p. 48. 
  4. ^ A Santa Lucia; melodramma in due atti (dalle scene popolari napolitane di Goffredo Cognetti). Florence: Galletti e Cocci. p. 1892. 
  5. ^ Checchi, Eugenio. Pergolesi : dramma in 4 atti / di Eugenio Checchi ; musicato da Pierantonio Tasca. Noto: Francesco Zammit. p. 45. 
  6. ^ Ambìveri, Corrado (1998). Operisti minori: dell'ottocento Italiano. Rome: Gremese Editore. 
  7. ^ Verga, Giovanni (1919). La lupa : tragedia lirica in 2 atti / di Giovanni Verga e Federigo De-Roberto ; musica di Pierantonio Tasca. Palermo: Barravecchia & Balestrini. p. 68.