||The Duchess of Padua
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.
||Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
|Average DurationAvg. Duration
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period
||soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass, piano 4-hands
In this early play by Wilde, the beauty of his verse mattered more than the realistic portrayal of character and the credibility of the drama. At times melodramatic, at times sentimental, with everything in between, this adaptation faithfully follows the twists and turns of Wilde's extraordinary plot and reveals it to be more modern than it seems. Designed to make a big impact in small spaces this is a grand, ‘Italian-style’ opera with arias, ensembles, a love-duet, and a death scene condensed for just four voices and piano duet.