Richard Brinsley Sheridan: Pizarro

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First performed on 24 May 1799 at London’s Drury Lane theatre, Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s operatic drama Pizarro was a phenomenal success in its day. Freely adapted from an English translation of the German dramatist August von Kotzebue’s Die Spanier in Peru (1796), and focused on the conquest of Peru by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro (c. 1475 – 1541), the play delighted the public with its steady appeal to patriotic and humanitarian sympathies, spectacular stage designs, and stirring music. Despite some criticisms that it lacked literary merit, Pizarro remained in the repertoire for some sixty years. Exported to the American stage, it enjoyed a successful run for …

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Fachard, Alexandre. "Pizarro". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 May 2011
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