Zampa [Zampa, ou La fiancée de marbre (‘Zampa, or The Marble Fiancée’)
- Elizabeth Forbes
Opéra comique in three acts by Ferdinand Hérold to a libretto by Mélesville [Anne-Honoré-Joseph Duveyrier]; Paris, Opéra-Comique (Salle Ventadour), 3 May 1831.
In a castle in Sicily Alphonse de Monza (tenor) and his fiancée Camille (soprano) are about to be married. As they await her father, the rich merchant Lugano, Camille sings the ballad of Alice Manfredi, who was betrayed by her lover and now adorns the castle as a statue. A stranger arrives; it is Zampa (tenor), a proscribed pirate sought by the authorities, who is, in fact, the Count de Monza, Alphonse’s elder brother and the seducer of Alice. Zampa reveals his identity only to Camille; he has taken her father hostage and desires to marry her. Zampa and his pirates celebrate noisily; in jest he places a ring on the statue’s finger, but then cannot remove it....