Franz Lachner: Benvenuto Cellini

Franz Lachner’s opera Benvenuto Cellini was premiered on 7 October 1849. Lachner used the French libretto by Léon de Wailly and Henri-Auguste Barbier as a model, which was also the basis for the opera of the same name by Hector Berlioz, which was first performed in Paris in 1838. The plot centres on the historical figure of the goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini, who lived in Florence in the 16th century and whose autobiography was translated into German by Goethe. Three years after the premiere of his opera, Franz Lachner became General Music Director in Munich.


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