Violanta, Op 8, is the second opera by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, written when its composer was seventeen. It is a tragedy with a libretto by Austrian playwright Hans Müller-Einigen.
It was first performed at the Munich National Theatre on 28 March 1916 and received its first North American performance at New York Metropolitan Opera on 5 November 1927.
Set in fifteenth century Venice, the opera is a story of revenge, murder plots, change of heart, brief love and unexpected death, set on the night of the Carnival of Venice.
A selection of articles about Violanta
CD Spotlight. A Powder-keg of Uncontrolled Passions - Gerald Fenech is impressed with this new recording of Korngold's 'Violanta'. '... Pinchas Steinberg's insightful reading draws some hot-blooded singing and playing.'
CD Spotlight. A Korngold Renaissance - Giuseppe Pennisi reviews a four CD set of music by the Austrian-born composer. 'The wholeness of this anthology is admirable.'