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Donizetti e la Francia


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A book that highlights the eclecticism of Gaetano Donizetti in the years he spent in Paris to impose himself on the French public.

The grand-opéras, little known in Italy, but also “La fille du régiment” and the opéras de genre. The plots of his “French” works and a rich and updated bibliography.

A book that reads all in one breath, written in a dry and pleasant style, agile and concise, almost scientific.


Roberto Monaco

Donizetti e la Francia


Preface by Attilio Piovano



pages 160

price €16,00

size cm 15,5×23, paperback

Scritti di musica Series

ISBN 978-88-31274-65-4



  • It fills a gap in the Italian publishing scene: relations between Donizetti and France have been frequently neglected by music historians, and instead they reveal a lively and very interesting environment.
  • It is an important and extremely documented essay that highlights Donizetti’s “French” operatic production: it reconstructs the musical environment of the time, a colorful and mottled world, with successes, joys, illusions, defeats, librettists, impresarios, singers, conductors, composers and backstage “premieres”.
  • A quick and concise writing, direct and almost scientific, makes it very pleasant to read a book which gives a fascinating insight into the French environment in which Donizetti worked for several years.


Reader profile

  • opera fans
  • scholars of history of music
  • music students


Profile of the author and the forerunner

Roberto Monaco, graduated in Physics and professor of Mathematical Physics at the Polytechnic of Turin, but as a passionate about music and opera, he has poured the scientific rigor into musicological research on the history of musical theater. Dal Since 2013 he has coordinated the workshop “Architettura, scenografia e musica” in the master’s degree courses in Archettura in collaboration with the Teatro Regio of Turin.

Attilio Piovano, musicologist and writer, teaches History and Aesthetics of music at the Conservatory of Turin. He was artistic director of the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra. He is editor of critical notes for the programmes of the opera houses of Liège, Milan, Turin, Rome, Venice, Cagliari, Genoa. Review concerts on La Stampa, Amadeus, Il corriere musicale. He has published essays and novels. He reviews concerts on La Stampa, Amadeus, Il corriere musicale. He has published essays and novels.

Additional information

Weight 0.312 kg