Alina, regina di Golconda
(Alina, Queen of Golconda
) is an opera
in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti
. The Italian libretto
was written by Felice Romani
after Michel-Jean Sedaine
libretto for Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny
's ballet-heroique Aline, reine de Golconde
, 1766), in its turn based on the novel by Stanislas de Boufflers
. The opera was commissioned for the opening festivities of the Teatro Carlo Felice
, where it premiered with success on May 12, 1828. Soon after, a revised version debuted at the Teatro Valle
on October 10, 1829.
Alina, a humble country girl, has been captured by pirates and taken to the kingdom of Golconda, where the elderly king falls in love with her, marries her, and shortly dies, leaving Alina a widow and queen. Her subjects urge her to choose another husband, and the noble and handsome Seide emerges as leading candidate. Alina, however, cannot forget a previous lover, Ernesto Volmar, a French army officer; despite this, she is just about to declare her choice when three cannon shots sound and a ship from France arrives. The ambassador is Volmar, who is haunted by the memory of the girl snatched away from him.
Alina is rapturous with joy and excitement. Her feelings are little understood, except by her friend Fiorina, another French girl also kidnapped by pirates. Fiorina left behind her a husband, named Belfiore, who she incessantly argued with, and does not know whether or not she... Read More