Richard Wagner Das Liebesverbot Catalana Fausto Nardi
[The Ban on Love]
Orchestra Ensemble of Catalana
The opera has been performed for the first time on the Spanish stage at the Castell de Peralada Festival earlier this year in March 2013. The Sawallissch version with Munich is much better. Video is not available. However, this is quite a distinct performance that shows glimpses of one of the greatest geniuses in music history. This opera has been inspired from Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure'. It is in two Acts. It was first premiered under the name of Die Novize von Palermo (The Novice of Palermo).Wagner put the opera on the shelf and forgot about it. It was composed after his opera written on the Fairies (Die Feen).
The opera is a good example of early days of Wagner who then had a gift for Italian kind of melody. There are, however, some sonorities in the work that point to the times ahead. One scene in Act II reminds us of the `Amen' theme in Tannhauser. Here, it is a duet for two sopranos whereas in Tannhauser, it is decorated by powerful brass.