Marco Spada

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Work data
Title: Marco Spada, or: The robber and his child
Original title: Marco Spada, ou: La Fille du Bandit
Shape: Opéra-comique in three acts
Original language: French
Music: Daniel-François-Esprit Auber
Libretto : Eugène Scribe
Premiere: December 21, 1852
Place of premiere: Paris
Place and time of the action: Italy around 1830

see musical form

Marco Spada (also Marco Spada, or: The robber and his child ) is an opéra-comique in three acts by Daniel-François-Esprit Auber . The libretto was written by Eugène Scribe . The first performance took place on December 21, 1852 in the second Salle Favart of the Paris Opéra-Comique .


The action takes place in Romagna around 1830.

first act

At the baron's castle in the Campagna

Prince Osorio, the governor of Rome, is planning an excursion to the Adriatic Sea , on which his niece, the Marchesa Sampieri ( Santpieri ) and his adviser, Count Pepinelli, will accompany him. He is afraid of an attack by the bandits under Marco Spada. Angela, the daughter of the Baron von Torrida, gives them shelter.

Second act

The ball scene in the second act. Lithograph from the score.

In the governor's palace in Rome

Count Pepinelli confesses his love for the Marchesa, but is turned away. At a concert with ball, at which Angela sings a declaration of love in four languages, rumors spread that Marco Spada was among those present. The Franciscan Fra Borromeo, who was held captive by the robbers, is shown into the room to identify him in the crowd. But he cannot discover it. As he leaves, his gaze falls on the Baron von Torrida, Angela and their long-lost lover, Count Federici, who is also the governor's nephew. He identifies Baron von Torrida as the leader of the robbers, but only tells Angela and Federici. Angela decides to stay with her father despite everything and renounce her lover. He then announced his engagement to the Marchesa.

Third act

Rocky area in the Alban Mountains

In the hiding place of the robbers. The baron alias Marco Spada was seriously injured in a skirmish with the Carabinieri. Pepinelli and the Marchesa, both captured, are led in blindfolded. They are forced to marry; Fra Borromeo is supposed to carry out the wedding and pave the way for the love between Angela and Federici.

Musical form

The work has the form of a number opera , as it was still common until the middle of the 19th century. It consists of 17 numbers, six in the first act, five in the second and six again in the third act. Between the files, an entracte provides the background music for the breaks. Auber planned eight voices for his work, six male and two female voices. Characters of the singing voices are a

  • Bass , Basse chantante ( basso cantate ) for the title character Baron de Torrida
  • Lyric tenor for Count Federici
  • Tenorbuffo ( Ténor comique ) for Count Pepinelli
  • Baritone for the clergyman Fra Borromeo
  • Bass for the governor
  • a third bass part for the role of Geronio
  • a soprano part ( Chanteuse légère , easy singer ) for Angela, Federici's lover
  • a soprano part in the style of Madame Dugazon for the figure of the Marchesa

Realizations as ballet

The opera was choreographed at least three times as a ballet . The first implementation was created in 1857 by Joseph Mazilier at the Paris Opera .

Two other implementations come from Pierre Lacotte ; the first was performed at the Rome Opera in 1981. The main roles are played by Rudolf Nurejew as baron / robber captain and Ghislaine Thesmar as his daughter Angela.

Currently (2014) the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet added the piece to its repertoire. The premiere took place on November 8, 2013 on the historic stage in the Bolshoi Theater . The costumes and the set were also designed by Pierre Lacotte. The leading roles were played by David Hallberg (Marco Spada), Evgenia Obraztsova (Angela), Olga Smirnova (Marchesa Sampietri), Semyon Chudin (Count Frederici) and Igor Tsvirko (Count Pepinelli).

Individual evidence

  1. According to the list of issues on WorldCat , only the one in Königsberg / Pr. printed edition of 1859 the subtitle.
  2. a b c "Places" based on the German translation by W. Friedrich (= Friedrich Wilhelm Riese )
  3. ^ Reduced piano reduction  ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) of the opera by Alexis de Garaudé, J. Meissonnier Fils, Paris 1853@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /

Web links

Commons : Marco Spada  - collection of images, videos and audio files

To Joseph Mazilier's original

Bolshoi Ballet