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Opera at the Library

Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 1:47 am

The Friends of the Cooper Memorial Library will host Opera @ the Library on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. in room 108 B, presenting Gioachino Rossini’s La donna del lago.
La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake) is an opera composed by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola based on the French translation of The Lady of the Lake, a narrative poem written in 1810 by Sir Walter Scott. It was the first of the Italian operas to be based on Scott’s romantic works, and marked the beginning of romanticism in Rossini’s work.
Written for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, this was the seventh of nine operas which Rossini wrote for that house between 1815 and 1822. Although the première on 24 September 1819 was not a success, there followed many performances throughout major European venues, as well as being presented in Cuba and by major South American houses until about 1860, after which the opera disappeared until 1958. In modern times, performances have been given fairly frequently.
This is a free program with English subtitles and we hope to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of this beautiful art form.  Light refreshments will be provided during the intermission for our guests.
For more information about Opera @ the Library programs and our other special events, please visit our web presence at or contact Dennis Smolarek at 352.536.2275 x2623 and email at