Rossini: Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra, this was the first of the nine Rossini operas written for Teatro San Carlo in Naples, one of the most important operatic venues at the time.
The composer chose a libretto based on Sophie Lee’s historical romance, The Recess, which tells the supposed life story of twin sisters, unacknowledged daughters of Mary Stuart who are brought up in the subterranean recess of an abandoned abbey.
The main plot is Queen Elizabeth I’s jealousy towards her lover Leicester, instigated by the Duke of Norfolk, as an Iago-like figure.
The opera marks also the first collaboration between Rossini and Isabella Colbran, for whom he would create many protagonist roles, and who would become his wife.
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