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Le tribut de Zamora is an opera in four acts by Charles Gounod, his last work for the stage. The libretto by Adolphe d'Ennery was offered to Gounod after negotiations with Verdi stalled, and involves a young couple on their wedding day, a forced tribute of twenty virgins, a slave auction at which the would-be groom is outbid, a madwoman who turns out to be the heroine's mother and regains her reason on murdering a tyrant, and a magnanamous second-in-command.
The premiere at the Opéra's Palais Garnier on April 1, 1881 was a success, Hermosa's patriotic "Debout! enfants de l'Ibérie!" being enthusiastically encored. Recent criticism is less kind, calling it "musty...too reminiscent of his earlier work" or dismissing it as an exercise in "spagnuolismo"
|Hermosa, her mother||soprano||Krauss|
|Iglésia, her friend||soprano||Janvier|
|Manoël, her fiancee||ténor||Sellier|
|Ben-Saïd, envoy of the caliph of Cordoba||baryton||Lassalle|
|Hadjar, his brother||basse||Melchissédec|
|le roi, king of tenth-century Asturias||basse||Giraudet|
- ^ Harding 1973 p202
- ^ Huebener 1990 p218