Torvaldo e Dorliska (‘Torvaldo and Dorliska’)
- Richard Osborne
Dramma semiserio in two acts by Gioachino Rossini to a libretto by Cesare Sterbini after J.-B. de Coudry’s Vie et amours du chevalier Faubles (1790) and the Lodoiska librettos derived from it; Rome, Teatro Valle, 26 December 1815.
In the opening act, the tyrannical Duke of Ordow (bass, a role created by Filippo Galli) traps Torvaldo (tenor) and his wife Dorliska (soprano) in a wood at night. His motive is his love for Dorliska, but in the darkness and confusion Dorliska escapes and Torvaldo, contrary to Ordow’s belief, is not left dead. The next day Dorliska unwittingly takes refuge in Ordow’s castle, taken in by the genial Carlotta (mezzo-soprano), wife of the equally genial custodian of the castle, Giorgio (...