The author of the book analyses selected 19th-century operas based on Shakespeare's plays from the perspective of their relations
to the literature, aesthetics and philosophy of the Romantic period. The texts discussed here include Verdi's Macbeth, Otello
and Falstaff, Rossini's Otello, Halevy's The Tempest, Gounod's Romeo and Juliet and Thomas's Hamlet. The study aims to indicate
diverse traces of the Romantic interpretation of Shakespeare's works in the history of the 19th-century opera. Individual
chapters present the librettos of the selected operas, analysed in the context of Shakespeare's plays and their 19th-century
reception, reconstructed on the basis of 19th-century historic-literary texts (of, among others, A. W. Schlegel, L. Tieck
and V. Hugo), critical studies and press articles. The analyses conducted in the book succeed in presenting the evolution
of the phenomenon of Romantic Shakespeareanism in the 19th-century opera theatre.