Le tribut de Zamora

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Le tribut de Zamora is an opera in four acts by Charles Gounod, his last work for the stage. The libretto by Adolphe d'Ennery was offered to Gounod after negotiations with Giuseppe Verdi stalled, and involves a young couple on their wedding day, a forced tribute of twenty virgins, a slave auction at which the would-be groom is outbid, a madwoman who turns out to be the heroine's mother and regains her reason on murdering a tyrant, and a magnanamous second-in-command.

The premiere at the Opéra's Palais Garnier on 1 April 1881 was a success, Hermosa's patriotic "Debout! enfants de l'Ibérie!" (sung by Gabrielle Krauss) being enthusiastically encored. Recent criticism is less kind, calling it "musty...too reminiscent of his earlier work"[1] or dismissing it as an exercise in "spagnuolismo"[2]

Roles[edit]

Role Voice type Creators
Xaïma soprano Daram
Hermosa, her mother soprano Gabrielle Krauss
Iglésia, her friend soprano Janvier
Manoël, her fiancee ténor Sellier
Ben-Saïd, envoy of the caliph of Cordoba baryton Lassalle
Hadjar, his brother basse Léon Melchissédec
Le roi, king of tenth-century Asturias basse Giraudet

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Harding 1973 p202
  2. ^ Huebener 1990 p218
Sources
  • Harding, James, Gounod, Stein & Day, 1973
  • Huebener, Steven The Operas of Gounod Oxford, 1990 ISBN

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