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Luigi Lablache and Giulia Grisi in Bellini's I puritani, at the King's Theatre, London in 1835 [Source: Wikipedia]
02 Sep 2011

Vincenzo Bellini: I puritani

I puritani, opera seria in three acts

Vincenzo Bellini: I puritani

Elvira: Diana Damrau; Lord Arturo Talbot: Alexey Kudrya; Sir Riccardo Forth: Franco Vassallo; Sir Giorgio Walton: Lorenzo Regazzo; Lord Gualtiero Walton: In-Sung Sim; Sir Bruno Roberton: Fabrice Farina; Enrichetta di Francia: Isabelle Henriquez. Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Chœur du Grand Téâtre de Genève (Direction Ching-Lien Wu). Conductor: Jesús López Cobos. Director: Francisco Negrin. Designer: Es Devlin. Costumes: Louis Désiré. Lighting: Bruno Poet. Live performance, Grand Théâtre de Genève, February 2011.

Luigi Lablache and Giulia Grisi in Bellini's I puritani, at the King's Theatre, London in 1835 [Source: Wikipedia]

 

Music composed by Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835). Libretto by Carlo Pepoli from Têtes rondes et Cavaliers (1833) by Jacques Ancelot and Xavier Saintine.

First Performance: 24 January 1835 at Théâtre Italien, Paris.

Principal Roles
Lord Gualtiero Walton, Governor General of the fortress Bass
Sir Giorgio, brother of Lord Walton, retired Puritan colonel Bass
Lord Arturo Talbo, Cavalier, Stuart sympathizer Tenor
Sir Riccardo Forth, Puritan colonel Baritone
Sir Bruno Robertson, Puritan officer Tenor
Enrichetta di Francia [Queen Henrietta Maria], widow of Charles I Mezzo-Soprano
Elvira, daughter of Lord Walton Soprano

Time and Place: Near Plymouth, England, during the Second English Civil War after the execution of Charles I (30 January 1649)

Synopsis:

Act One

Riccardo, a follower of Cromwell and his Puritans, and Arturo, a staunch Cavalier who supports the Stuart cause, are both in love with Elvira, the daughter of Lord Walton. Walton had originally promised Riccardo his daughter’s hand in marriage but subsequently relented, not wishing to disregard the feelings of his daughter, who is in love with Arturo. The preparations for the nuptuals of Elvira and Arturo are in full swing.

Elvira as yet knows nothing of her good fortune. Her uncle, Giorgio, informs her that he has interceded on her behalf with his brother, her father, who has now agreed to her marrying Arturo.

Arturo arrives for the festivities. On discovering that a prisoner in the fortress under sentence of death is, in fact, Queen Enrichetta, the widow of Charles I of England, he enables her to escape by disguising her in Elvira's bridal veil. Elvira interprets this as desertion and loses her reason.

Act Two

The English parliament has sentenced Arturo to death, and Elvira no longer sees any sense in her life.

Giorgio hopes that a sudden piece of good news will cure Elvira and restore her to reason, and what better news than that Aturo should be pardoned. Giorgio persuades Riccardo to spare Arturo, if the latter does not fight on the side of the Royalists in Cromwell's impending battle against the Cavalier followers of the Stuarts.

Act Three

Arturo has returned to the fortress secretly to seek out Elvira and convince her of his continued devotion. Cromwell's soldiers apprehend him and threaten him with execution. At this very moment Elvira suddenly becomes aware of the situation and pleads, in vain, for Arturo's life. At the very last moment a messenger arrives with the news of Cromwell’s defeat of the Stuart followers. Cromwell has issued a pardon for all prisoners. Arturo is freed and there is now nothing to prevent the lovers from marrying.

[Synopsis: Bayerische Staatsoper (translation: Susan Bollinger)]

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