Iris (opera)

Iris (opera)

"Iris" is an opera in three acts by Pietro Mascagni to an original Italian libretto by Luigi Illica. Its first performance was at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on 22 November 1898.

The opera is through-composed and set in Japan during legendary times. (Mascagni's colleague and former roommate, Puccini, was present at the premiere; it is far from coincidental that his opera, "Madama Butterfly", first presented in 1904 was also set in Japan.)

In common with all of Mascagni's full-length operas "Iris" is now rarely performed, even in Italy. Two of the opera's most memorable numbers are the tenor's serenade ("Apri la tua finestra") and the Hymn to the Sun ("Inno al Sole").



* [ Amadeus Almanac, accessed 30 June 2008]
*Warrack, John and West, Ewan (1992), "The Oxford Dictionary of Opera", 782 pages, ISBN 0-19-869164-5

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