Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, um 1906 | © BSB/Bildarchiv

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari – The early years

The German-Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876 – 1948) spent a large part of his life in Munich. Several of his internationally successful operas premièred here as well, among them "Le donne curiose" (1903), "I quattro rusteghi" (1906) und "Il segreto di Susanna" (1909).

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek acquired music manuscripts and documents of Wolf-Ferrari in targeted manner over several decades. Today, the library holds an extensive collection of source materials. In addition, there are the performance material of the premières and first performances of his operas in Munich, theatre handouts and the first editions of the sheet music of his works.

A workshop concert in November 2022 with chamber music and songs composed by Wolf-Ferrari as a young man presented an occasion to compile a virtual exhibition of a selection of these sources on the early years of his work up to the outbreak of the First World War.

Virtual exhibition  (in German)
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari – The early years


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Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, around 1906 | © BSB/Image Archive