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Jérusalem is a grand opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, first performed at the Salle Le Peletier in Paris on 26 November 1847. The libretto was a partial translation of the composer's 1843 Italian opera, I Lombardi alla prima crociata, adapted for performance in France. This lithograph shows Gilbert Duprez as Gaston in the premiere of Jérusalem; Adolphe-Joseph-Louis Alizard played the role of Roger. The latter is jealous of Gaston and organises his murder, the wrong man is attacked because he has given away his white cloak, Gaston is exiled as the alleged perpetrator, and all depart to fight in the First Crusade to liberate Jerusalem.

See also: a caricature of Alizard as Roger

Illustration credit: Alexandre Lacauchie; restored by Adam Cuerden

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