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date: 09 July 2020

Vergine del sole, La (‘The Virgin of the Sun’)locked

  • Marita P. McClymonds

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(‘The Virgin of the Sun’)

Libretto subject used in the 18th century. Its source is Jean François Marmontel ’s Les Incas, ou La destruction de l’empire du Pérou. Operas on the subject were also entitled Alonso e Cora, Cora och Alonzo and Idalide.

Alonso, a conquistador, has assisted the Inca ruler Ataliba in vanquishing his enemies; as a reward, Ataliba bestows his sister’s hand on the Spaniard. Alonso, however, has fallen in love with Cora, a virgin of the sun. A volcanic eruption destroys the temple of the sun, threatening Cora’s life; in saving her, Alonso carries her from the temple. But in leaving the temple she has broken a sacred law and must die by burial alive. Alonso resolves to die with her. They are saved when the ancient law is abrogated.

Gudmund Göran Adlerbeth prepared a Swedish version of this plot, Cora och Alonzo, set by J. G. Naumann for the inauguration of the Royal Opera House, Stockholm, on ...

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