Marco Spada – Auber – Male Variation (Act 2)


Male variation from Marco Spada Act 2,

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The story revolves around a bandit named Marco Spada, his daughter Angela, and three marryable aristocrats: the Marchesa Sampietri, her fiancé Prince Federici, and Count Pepinelli. Despite their mutual love, the marchesa and the count are unable to tie the knot until Spada, in the last scene, persuades a passing priest to do it. When the friar declines, Spada gleefully threatens to sever the friar’s throat, which causes the marriage to happen right away. But a few minutes later, Spada gets shot.

As he draws near to death, he lies (or rather, mimics a lie) and says that Angela is not, in fact, his daughter. He does this knowing that the prince can now marry her without facing shame.


Daniel-François Auber (1782-1871) was a distinguished French composer, primarily known for his contributions to the world of French opera during the 19th century. He became a prominent figure in the development of the French opera comique, composing numerous operas, many of which were celebrated for their charming melodies and engaging storytelling. Auber’s operas often featured lively and engaging overtures, a hallmark of his style, and were performed with great success in Paris and beyond.

His most famous works include “Fra Diavolo” and “La Muette de Portici.” Auber’s legacy lies not only in his compositions but also in his influence on the evolution of French opera, where he helped shape the transition from the classical to the Romantic era, leaving an indelible mark on the world of music during his lifetime and beyond.

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