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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rienzi

 

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rienzi

RIENZI, DER LETZTE DER TRIBUNEN (WWV 49) (RIENZI, THE LAST OF THE TRIBUNES) IS AN EARLY OPERA BY RICHARD WAGNER IN FIVE ACTS.

 

[...] IT WAS FIRST PERFORMED AT THE HOFOPER, DRESDEN, ON 20 OCTOBER 1842, AND WAS THE COMPOSER'S FIRST SUCCESS.

 

[...] THE OPERA IS SET IN ROME AND IS BASED ON THE LIFE OF COLA DI RIENZI (1313–1354), A LATE MEDIEVAL ITALIAN POPULIST FIGURE WHO SUCCEEDS

IN OUTWITTING AND THEN DEFEATING THE NOBLES AND THEIR FOLLOWERS AND IN RAISING THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE.