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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Fra Diavolo is an opera comique in three acts by French composer Daniel-Esprit Auber, first performed at the Opera-Comique, Paris on January 28, 1830. It is based on the life of the Napolitan bandit Michele Pezza, active in the southern Italy in the period of 1800-1806.
It was considered as the most successful work of comic opera before Offenbach.
The stamp shows composer Auber and the score page of the opera.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Opera in 4 acts by Verdi; libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni from the French prose of Camille du Locle, plot by Mariette Bey, premiered in Cairo December 24, 1871.
Aida was not, as generally supposed, written for the openning of the Suez Canal(1869), but was commissioned by the Khedive of Egypt to open the new Cairo Opera House the same year.