The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of The Shrew is a comedy opera composed by Hermann Goetz. The libretto, written by Joseph Victor Widmann, is based on Shakespeare’s famous play by the same name. The opera premiered in Germany in October 1874. 

The Taming of The Shrew is the story of two sisters, Bianca and Katherina, who are in age to find a husband. Katherina has m...

The Taming of The Shrew is a comedy opera composed by Hermann Goetz. The libretto, written by Joseph Victor Widmann, is based on Shakespeare’s famous play by the same name. The opera premiered in Germany in October 1874. 

The Taming of The Shrew is the story of two sisters, Bianca and Katherina, who are in age to find a husband. Katherina has more difficulty in that task than her sister Bianca who has three suitors awaiting her hand in marriage, Hortensio, Lucentio and Gremio. However, the father of the two girls, Baptista Minola, has decided that Bianca may wed one of her suitor only when her sister has found a husband for herself. Katherina's temper is the reason why no man has yet to woo her but the three suitors of her sister Bianca are determined to find a man for Katherina in order to have a chance of becoming the husband of Bianca. Petruchio, a friend of Hortensio from Verona, ends up being the perfect candidate to solve the problem that the three suitors have; he wants to marry a rich woman and the temper of Katherina is not an issue for him. After a visit to the Baptista's house, he manages to obtain the hand of Katherina without her full consent from her father. The marriage occurs and even though we might think that the two newlyweds are going to end up resenting one another, Petruchio ends up showing his brightness by using the proper psychology in order to "tame" his wife, the "shrew."

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