I puritani (Vincenzo Bellini) – dossier

I PURITANI E I CAVALIERI

Opera in 3 acts

By Vincenzo Bellini

Libretto: Carlo Pepoli, after Jacques-François Ancelot & Joseph Xavier Boniface (Saintine)’s Têtes rondes et Cavaliers (1833)

First performed: Théâtre de la comédie italienne, Paris, 24 June 1835


ROLES

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Arturo (Rubini)

Lord GUALTIERO VALTON, Governor general, Puritan (bass): Luigi Profeti

Sir GIORGIO, retired colonel, his brother, Puritan (bass): Luigi Lablache

Lord ARTURO TALBO, Cavalier and partisan of the Stuarts (tenor): Giovanni Battista Rubini

Sir RICCARDO FORTH, Colonel, Puritan (bass): Antonio Tamburini

Sir BRUNO ROBERTON, officer, Puritan (tenor): M. Magliano

ENRICHETTA DI FRANCIA, Charles I’s widow, under the name of the “Lady of Villa Forte”(soprano): Maria Amigo

ELVIRA, Lord Valton’s daughter (soprano): Giulia Grisi

Soldiers of Cromwell, heralds and warriors of Lord Arturo and Valton, Puritans, castellans, maidens, pages, servants


SETTING

PLACE: England during the English Civil War

TIME: The 1640s


STRUCTURE

ACT I

Scene 1: A fortress near Plymouth, commanded by Lord Gualtiero Valton

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  • Introduzione
  • Recitative ed aria: Ah! per sempre io ti perdei (Riccardo)

Scene 2: Elvira’s apartments

  • Scena e duetto: Sai com’arde in petto mio (Elvira, Giorgio)

Scene 3: The Hall of Arms

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  • Coro e quartetto: A te, o cara, amor talora (Elvira, Arturo, Giorgio, Valton)
  • Finale primo

ACT II

Scene: A room in the fortress

  • Introduzione e romanza: Cinta di fiori (Giorgio)
  • Scena ed aria: Qui la voce sua soave (Elvira)
  • Duetto – Finale secondo: Il rival salvar tu dêi (Riccardo & Giorgio)

ACT III

Scene: A wooded area near the fortress, three months later

  • Uragano, romanza e duetto: Arturo? Si, è desso! (Elvira & Arturo)
  • Finale terzo