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Maria Padilla

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Gaetano Donizetti


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About the opera Maria Padilla

Maria Padilla is a melodramma, or opera, in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Gaetano Rossi and the composer wrote the Italian libretto after François Ancelot's play. It premiered on December 26, 1841 at La Scala, Milan. The plot is loosely based on the historical figure María de Padilla, the mistress of Pedro the Cruel, King of Castile.
Maria tells her sister Ines that she hopes to marry Don Pedro, the ruler of Castile. When he sneaks into her room disguised as Mendez, Maria tells him that she knows his true identity and demands marriage to save her honour. Don Pedro acquiesces, although the marriage must be kept secret. After their elopement, a faction of the Don Pedro's court wants him marry Bianca, a Bourbon princess, in order to avoid a civil war. He appears to be negotiating this, despite his secret marriage to Maria.
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Roles in Maria Padilla

Donna Maria Padilla Soprano
Donna Ines Padilla Soprano
Don Pedro Baritone
Don Ruiz di Padilla Tenor
Don Ramiro Bass
Francisca Mezzo-Soprano
Don Luigi Tenor
Don Alfonso di Pardo Bass

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Eran gia creato in cielo Popularity:

Opera: Maria PadillaComposer: DonizettiAct:

Type: Voice: Language: Italian

2Ah! non sai quai prestigio si cela Popularity:

Opera: Maria PadillaComposer: DonizettiAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian