Alahor in Granata

Alahor in Granata is an opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti to an anonymous Italian libretto (indicated only with the initials "M.A.") after Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian's text Gonzalve de Cordoue, ou Granade reconquise (1793). However, it seems that the original basis of the libretto goes back to one by Felice Romani written for Meyerbeer in 1821, which in turn can be traced back through another iteration to begin with the de Florian version.[1]

While Donizetti was spending most of 1825/26 in Palermo as musical director of the Teatro Carolino, Alahor in Granata was written to be presented in December 1825, but the premiere was delayed until 7 January 1826 and given at the Teatro Carolino with critical and popular success.

Performance history

The score was eventually lost, but a copy – "not in the composer's hand"[1] – was subsequently discovered in Boston in 1970. Finally, the autograph score came to light a few years later in Palermo.[1] Some of the music was recycled into Emilia di Liverpool in 1828 and L'Elisir d'amore in 1832.

The first contemporary production, in Seville in 1998, has been preserved on DVD.


Role Voice type Premiere cast, 7 January 1826
(Conductor: – )
Zobeida, daughter of Mohamed, sister of Alahor soprano Elisabetta Ferron
Alahor, son of Mohamed baritone Antonio Tamburini
Muley-Hassem, King of Granata contralto Marietta Gioia Tamburini
Sulima, favorite slave of Zobeida mezzo-soprano Carlotta Tomassetti
Alamar, head of the tribe tenor Berardo Winter
Ismaele, false friend of Alamar tenor Salvatore Patti
Tribesmen, soldiers, people


Time: The middle ages
Place: Granada


Year Cast
(Alahor, Zobeida, Hassem, Alamar)
Opera house and orchestra
1998 Simone Alaimo,
Patrizia Pace,
Vivica Genaux,
Juan Diego Flórez
Josep Pons,
Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Chorus of Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla
(Recorded at performances in Seville, October)
CD: Almaviva
Cat: DS 0125



  1. Osborne 1994, p. 161
  2. Source for recording information: Recording(s) of Alahor in Granata on

Cited sources

  • Osborne, Charles, (1994), The Bel Canto Operas of Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini, Portland, Oregon: Amadeus Press. ISBN 0-931340-71-3

Other sources

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  • Ashbrook, William (1982), Donizetti and His Operas, Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-23526-X
  • Ashbrook, William (1998), "Donizetti, Gaetano" in Stanley Sadie (Ed.), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, Vol. One. London: Macmillan Publishers, Inc. ISBN 0-333-73432-7 ISBN 1-56159-228-5
  • Ashbrook, William and Sarah Hibberd (2001), in Holden, Amanda (Ed.), The New Penguin Opera Guide, New York: Penguin Putnam. ISBN 0-14-029312-4. pp. 224–247.
  • Loewenberg, Alfred (1970). Annals of Opera, 1597–1940, 2nd edition. Rowman and Littlefield
  • Sadie, Stanley, (Ed.); John Tyrell (Exec. Ed.) (2004), The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 2nd edition. London: Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-19-517067-2 (hardcover). ISBN 0-19-517067-9 OCLC 419285866 (eBook).
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