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About the opera Zaira

Zaira is a tragedia lirica, or tragic opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini set to a libretto by Felice Romani which was based on Voltaire's 1732 tragedy, Zaïre. The story takes place in the time of the Crusades and the opera's plot involves the heroine, Zaira, struggling between her Christian faith and her love for Orosmane, the Muslim Sultan of Jerusalem. It was Bellini's fifth opera, and it followed quickly after his February 1829 composition and premiere of La straniera at La Scala.
Zaira received its first performance at the "Nuovo Teatro Ducale" in Parma (now the Teatro Regio di Parma) on 16 May 1829. However, the opera, which had been expressly written for the theatre's inauguration, was a failure at its premiere. While Bellini's success had been swift, "it was the first serious setback of a hithto brilliant career". One critic attributes the failure to Parma's traditional love of and favouritism towards Rossini's music, while another notes that a combination of the composer being constantly seen around the city (when it was assumed that he should have been working) and the fact that Romani had noted in the printed libretto that the opera had been written in just 30 days were significant factors.
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Roles in Zaira

Zaira Soprano
Orosmane Bass
Nerestano Mezzo-Soprano
Corasmino Tenor
Lusignano Bass
Castiglione Tenor
Fatima Soprano
Meledor Bass

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All scenes from Zaira

Arias from Zaira
Duets from Zaira

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Gemma splendor di Solima

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.01

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

2Per chi mai per chi pugnasti

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.02

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

3Amo ed amata io sono

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaira
4Prezzo non v'ha che basti

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orosmane
5Chi ci toglie ai ceppi nostri

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.05

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

6Oh me felice oh ineffabil dolcezza

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.06

Type: ensembleVoice: S Br T cALanguage: Italian

7Ahi con qual fronte riedere

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaira/Nerestano
8Io sapro da qual deriva

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.08

Type: Voice: S Br T BLanguage: Italian

9Intermezzo 2

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.01

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

10Donna a cui dare un trono

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.02

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaira/Orosmane
11Piu non e per sempre ei glace

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.03

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

12O Zaira in quel momento chi da

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nerestano
13E pur ora al mio cospetto

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orosmane/Corasmino
14Che non tentai per vincere

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaira
15Ah! crudeli chiarmi alla vita

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.07

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

16E notte alfin piu dell'usato

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orosmane
17Tu gemi il primo pianto

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.09

Type: quintetVoice: S Br T B cALanguage: Italian

18Un grido d'orrore

Opera: ZairaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.10

Type: Voice: S BrLanguage: Italian