Linda di Chamounix, Opera by G. Donizetti
Gaetano Donizetti is an undoubted master of the romantic and dramatic twist, which he has demonstrated in many of his popular operas. Linda di Chamounix is no exception: A complicated love triangle takes the audience from the idyllic French Alps to the luxurious and sinful Paris of the 1760s. The work had its premiere at the Kärntnertortheater in Vienna on 19 May 1842, followed by a string of international productions over the next decades. On the stage of Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, the high tension and the unexpected turns of this opera gem will intrigue you, and the inspired score by Donizetti will deliver the emotional garnish that makes Linda di Chamounix a work for the ages!
The opera, with a libretto by Gaetano Rossi, begins in the pastoral Savoy village of Chamounix, nestled in the Western Alps. The locals are gathering to give their young men a sendoff: they are heading out to Paris for the winter where they plan to make a living as street musicians and entertainers. We meet the Loustolot family; father Antonio and mother Maddalena are anxious to hear whether their farm lease will be renewed. The Marchese assures them his sister has the Loustolots’ interests at heart, but he has plans of his own. He wants to take their daughter Linda to his castle in Paris where she may complete her education – and hopefully fall in love with him.
However, Linda di Chamounix would not be a classic Donizetti work without some melodrama and surprising twists of fate. The young heroine is not interested in the Marchese because her heart belongs to Carlo, a poor artist. The two start a life in Paris where it turns out he is none other than Viscomte de Sirval, a nobleman of unlimited means. Linda begins a life of luxury, but what will people in the village think of her sudden entry into high society, and will the Marchese be as kind to her parents should she reject his romantic advances? The answers await you at Florence’s Opera House this season!