Agnes Von Hohenstaufen
The Agnes von Hohenstaufen, based on a libretto by Ernst Raupach, was staged on June 12th, 1829, at the Konigliches Theater of Berlin. The Agnes, a real Grosse historisch-romantische Oper, appeared in its definitive version on December 6th, 1837, again in Berlin, structured in three acts, after a revision made by the baron Karl August von Lichtenstein, obtaining a clamorous success. The Agnes von Hohenstaufen, that the musician considered his masterpiece, was an absolute reference model for Wagner’s Rienzi (finished in 1840), Tannhauser (the first version so called “of Dresden” dated 1843-1845) and Lohengrin (1845-1848); Spontini’s opera opened as well the way to the Italian and European music drama. Part of the critic has underlined as the Agnes anticipates the aura of the greatest historical dramas of Giuseppe Verdi, such as Don Carlo and Simon Boccanegra (Q. Principe).