Opera and Celestina: On-line resources

There is nothing new I can add to Snow’s bibliographical appendix of Celestina‘s operas in the twentieth century1, however, as an adept net-surfer I have been able to locate several related on-line resources of interest for celestinistas and music lovers.

For example, digitised versions of the full Castilian libretto of Felipe Pedrell’s La Celestina. Tragicomedia lírica de Calisto y Melibea2 and its reduction for voice and piano, with the French and the Italian translations of the libretto3, can be found at the Biblioteca Digital Hispánica (libretto and voice-piano score), the Memòria Digital de Catalunya (voice-piano score), and Archive.org (libretto). The libretto of Joaquín Nin-Culmell’s La Celestina is also available as part of the programme of the 2008 world premiere at the Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid).

Finding recordings of operas based on Celestina proves far more difficult. I know positively that the fifth scene of Pedrell’s Celestina was recorded during the 1999 world premiere at L’Auditori de Barcelona and released in 2001 in the collection “Colección Autor” of Tritó Edicions4. Apparently, there is a video recording of Jerome Rosen’s Calisto and Melibea: A Comedy of Love, Seduction, and Death 1979 premiere at the University of California in Davis, kept in the Berkeley Library, and there are several pictures of Maurice Ohana’s La Célestine: tragi-comédie lyrique en un prologue et onze tableaux 1988 premiere at the Palais Garnier (Paris) in Gallica. By contrast, I could find several videos of Nin-Culmell’s La Celestina performance at the Teatro de la Zarzuela:

These are the on-line resources for the study of the operas based on Celestina I could find so far. However, should something be missing, please contact me.


1Snow, Joseph T. (2007), “Richard Strauss, Stefan Zweig, Joseph Gregor and the Story of the Celestina Opera that Almost was, with a Bibliographical Appendix of Celestina Operas in the Twentieth Century”, Celestinesca 31, pp. 133-164. Available on-line.

2Pedrell, Felipe (1903), La Celestina. Tragicomedia lírica de Calisto y Melibea (Barcelona: Tipolitografía de Salvat).

3Pedrell, Felipe; Curzon, Henri de (trad.), and Bignotti, Angelo (trad.), (1903), La Celestina. Tragicomedia lírica de Calisto y Melibea (Barcelona, Bilbao and Madrid: Casa Dotesio).

4Pedrell, Felipe (2001), Excelsior. La Celestina, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (Barcelona: Tritó Edicions).

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