The Castle of Andalusia

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The Castle of Andalusia is a 1782 comic opera by Samuel Arnold and a libretto by John O'Keeffe. It was a heavily rewritten version of the 1781 work The Banditti, which had been a failure.[1]

After its first performance on 2 November 1782,[2] the original run saw the work performed thirty-nine times, and it was revived on several occasions until 1817.[3] It became a popular play for amateur dramatics and was performed by the Kilkenny players, including many of the elite, with the writer Thomas Moore appearing several times in the role of Spado.[4]


  1. ^ Fenner (1994), p. 388.
  2. ^ White (1983), p. 48.
  3. ^ Fenner (1994), p. 388.
  4. ^ Kelly (2009), p. 173.


  • Fenner, Theodore: Opera in London: Views of the Press, 1785-1830 (Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 1994)
  • Kelly, Ronan: Bard of Erin: The Life of Thomas Moore (London: Penguin Books, 2009)
  • White, Eric Walter: A Register of First Performances of English Operas (London: Society for Theatre Research, 1983)

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