Benvenuto Cellini is an opera semiseria in two acts with music by Hector Berlioz and libretto by Léon de Wailly and Henri Auguste Barbier. It was the first of Berlioz's operas, premiered at the Académie Royale de Musique (Salle Le Peletier) on 10 September 1838. The story is inspired by the memoirs of the Florentine sculptor Benvenuto Cellini, although the elements of the plot are largely fictional. The opera is technically very challenging and rarely performed. However, the overture to the opera sometimes features in symphony orchestra programs, as does the concert overture Le carnaval romain which Berlioz composed from material in the opera.

Librettist Léon de Wailly; Henri Auguste Barbier
Date of composition 1838 (1836-1838)
Premiered 1838, September 10th (Opera) in Paris, France
First published 1838
Type Opera Semiseria
Catalogue H 76A
Instruments Orchestra
Voice (Soprano) - Teresa, Daughter of Balducci, in love with Cellini, but promised to Fieramosca
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) - Ascanio, Cellini’s trusted apprentice
Voice (Tenor) - Benvenuto Cellini, An artist/goldsmith
Voice (Baritone) - Fieramosca, The Pope's sculptor
Voice (Bass) - Pope Clement VII
Voice (Baritone) - Balducci, The Pope's treasurer and Teresa's father
Voice (Tenor) - Francesco, An artisan
Voice (Bass) - Bernardino, An artisan
Voice (Tenor) - An innkeeper
Voice (Baritone) - Pompeo, friend of Fieramosca
Narrator, Recitant, Speaker - Columbine
Arrangements Franz Liszt: Bénédiction et serment (Deux motifs de Benvenuto Cellini de Berlioz), S. 396
Autotranslations beta Hector Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini, H 76A
Hector Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini, H 76A
Hector Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini, H 76A