Edgar, Puccini's second opera, was composed on a commission from the publisher Ricordi after the successful reception of his first stage work, Le Villi. The plot indicates the influence of Wagner's Tannhäuser. Both centre on medieval knights struggling between a life of sensual indulgence and ideal love. Edgar is "torn between the sacred love of Fidelia and the profane love of Tigrana"; Wagner's hero indulges himself with Venus while pining for the love of Elizabeth. The gypsy-like figure of Tigrana (supposedly the child of "wandering Moors") also parallels the anti-heroine of Bizet's Carmen.

Librettist Ferdinando Fontana (freely based on the play in verse La Coupe et les lèvres (The Cup and the Lips) by Alfred de Musset)
Date of composition 1889 (revised in 1890, 1891, 1905)
Premiered 1889, April 21st (Teatro alla Scala) in Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
First published 1890
Dedicated to Giulio Ricordi
Type Opera
Approx. duration 150 minutes
Spoken language Italian
Instruments Chorus/Choir
Voice (Tenor) - Edgar
Voice (Soprano) - Fidelia
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) - Tigrana
Voice (Baritone) - Frank
Voice (Bass) - Gualtiero, father of Fidelia and Frank
Autotranslations beta Giacomo Puccini: Edgar "Dramma lirico"
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar "Dramma lirico"
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar "Dramma lirico"