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Theatre Royal

Opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto by Felice Romani

Sung in Italian


Alaide: Renata Daltin

Valdeburgo: Jake Gardner

Arturo: Ingus Peterson

Isoletta: Cynthia Clarey

Montolino: Mikhail Krutikov

The Prior: Giancarlo Tosi

Osburgo: Philip Doghan

Creative Team

ConductorJan Latham-Koenig
DirectorRobert Carsen
Set DesignRussell Craig
Costume DesignRussell Craig
Lighting DesignJohn Waterhouse
ChoreographerTerry John Bates
Music PreparationCharles Kilpatrick
Chorus MasterRoy Laughlin

The Plot

Act 1
The story takes place in Brittany, France, around the year 1200. King Philip Augustus of France has married Agnes of Merania, known as “La straniera” (the foreigner), daughter of a nobleman Bertold IV of Dalmatia. Agnes is sent to live at a cottage on Lake Montolino. Count Arturo has fallen in love with her, despite being engaged to Isoletta, daughter of the Duke of Montolino. Agnes has assumed the name of Alaide and hides under a veil. Arturo’s suspicions are aroused when he sees her with a mysterious man.

Act 2

Arturo confronts Alaide and accuses her of infidelity. She reveals that she is actually Agnes and that she was forced to flee from France after being falsely accused of adultery. Arturo forgives her and they plan to elope. However, Isoletta’s father discovers their plan and orders Arturo’s arrest. Agnes is left alone and heartbroken.

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