La donna serpente (opera)

La donna serpente (The Snake Woman) is a 1932 opera by Alfredo Casella to a libretto by Cesare Vico Lodovici based on the fable, La donna serpente, by Carlo Gozzi.[1] The same fable was the basis of Wagner's first opera, Die Feen. The plot concerns a king, Altidòr, who falls in love with a fairy, Miranda. The fairy's father curses Altidòr that if he curses Miranda, she shall turn into a snake.

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  1. ^ Giorgio Bagnoli The La Scala Encyclopedia of the Opera 1993 p 114 0671870424 "DONNA SERPENTE, LA (The Snake Woman) Fairy-tale opera in a prologue and three acts by Alfredo Casella (1883–1947) ... By avoiding the temptations of a realistic narrative, and being more concerned with music rather than dramatic effect, Casella displays in La donna serpente all his best qualities as a composer...".

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