La Donna del Lago
It was the first of the Italian operas to be based on Scott's romantic works, and it was "deeply influential in the development of Italian romantic opera" to the extent that by 1840, there were 25 Italian operas based on his works, the most famous being Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor of 1835. Others in German, French and English followed.
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. A successful premiere on 24 October 1819 led to many performances throughout major European venues until about 1860, after which the opera disappeared until 1958. In modern times, performances have been given fairly frequently.
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