Oberto conte di S. Bonifacio / Oberto, Count of San Bonifacio

Tragedy in two acts by Temistocle Solera

Characters:

Cuniza, sister of Ezzelino da Romano (mezzo-soprano)
Riccardo, Count of Salinguerra (tenor)
Oberto, Count of San Bonifacio (bass)
Leonora, his daughter (soprano)
Imelda, Cuniza's confidante (mezzo-soprano)
Knights, Ladies, Vassals

The scene takes place in Bassano, in Ezzelino's castle and the vicinity. The time period is 1228.

Oberto, Count of San Bonifacio, defeated by Ezzelino da Romano (an ally of the Salinguerra family in Verona), has taken shelter in Mantua. His daughter Leonora, whose mother was dead, remained in Verona, entrusted to the care of an elderly aunt. A young count of Salinguerra, under a false name, seduced Oberto's beautiful daughter with a promise of marriage. Ezzelino had left his sister Cuniza in the castle of Bassano while he, made Lord of Verona, dealt with the conquest of Monselice, Padua, and Montagnana. The young Salinguerra fell passionately in love with Cuniza and offered her his hand. Ezzelino, who owed his lordship of Verona to the counts of Salinguerra, was not averse to the marriage. Leonora, having learned the truth too late, desperately comes to Bassano on the day of the festivities to reveal the betrayal. Here begins the plot of the opera.

[Note 1: I have liberally rephrased the preceding paragraph for the sake of coherency.

Note 2: Ezzelino III da Romano, his sister Cunizza, and the Count of San Bonifacio are historical personages, though the libretto takes great liberties with historical events.]
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