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La Muette de Portici Synopsis

Masaniello or The Dumb Girl of Portici

The opera is set in Naples in 1647 at the time of Masaniello's revolt against Spanish rule.

ACT ONE
As Alfonso, the son of the Spanish viceroy, marries Elvire, a Spanish princess, he is denounced by Fenella, dumb girl, as her seducer.

ACT TWO
At Portici, Masaniello, Fenella's brother, gives the signal for insurrection.

ACT THREE
They take the rebellion to Naples.

ACT FOUR
In their flight Alfonso and Elvire are unknowingly sheltered by Masaniello himself.

ACT FIVE
Masaniello is eventually killed after saving his royal guests. At the final curtain Fenella leaps into the crater of Vesuvius.