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Music Text

Libretto by Angelo Anelli; German version and musical arrangement by Hugo Röhr; new edition and arrangment based on Röhr version and original sources by Robert Werner (G)


colS,lyrS,charA,T,lyrT,lyrBar,buffoB; chorus;
1(=picc,2picc ad lib).2.2.2(II ad lib)-

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This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
Teatro San Benedetto, Venice
Company: Unknown

World premiere of version
Freiburg im Breisgau
Company: Unknown


MUSTAPHA, bey of Algier Buffo Bass
ELVIRA, his wife Lyric Soprano
ZULIMA, her slave and friend Character Contralto
ALI, Mustapha's bodyguard Lyric Baritone
LINDORO, a young Italian, favourite slave and prisoner of Mustapha Lyric Tenor
ISABELLA, an Italian lady Coloratura Soprano
TADDEO, her companion Tenor
Keepers of the harem, Algerian corsars, European slaves, Women of the seraglio, Sailors
Time and Place

Algeria in the 17th century


Mustapha, the bey of Algier, has had enough of his first wife Elvira. He longs for something new, different, and freshly exciting. Why not a hot-blooded Italian for a change? After all, he has heard that they are the best lovers of the world. Hardly has he issued the order when Ali arrives, with Isabella and her companion Taddeo who he has discovered shipwrecked on the beach. Isabella had courageously and intrepidly gone to search for her lover Lindoro, who had been kidnapped by pirates, and is overjoyed to find him a slave in the bey's retinue. Now Mustapha has to be outwitted, and in this the Italians are helped by his vanity and naivety. And, a plate of pasta can work wonders in the desert!

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