- Saverio Mercadante. Dramma tragico in three acts. 1838.
- Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano.
- First performance at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples, on 1st January 1839.
|Elena da Feltre, beloved of Guido ||soprano|
|Guido, lover of Elene ||bass baritone|
|Ubaldo, his friend, also in love with Elena ||tenor|
|Sigifredo, father of Elena ||bass|
|Imberga, daughter of Boemondo ||soprano|
|Boemondo, minister to Ezzelino ||tenor|
|Gualtiero, friend to Elena and Sigifredo ||bass|
Set in the Guelph town of Feltre in Northern Italy in 1250, in the reign of the Ghibelline Ezzelino
da Romano, the story concerns Elena degli Uberti, daughter of the proscribed Guelph leader
Sigifredo, who is in love with Guido, the unwitting rival in love of his friend Ubaldo. Ezzelino’s
minister Boemondo wants Guido to marry his daughter Imberga, whom he hates. Ezzelino and
Boemondo seek to capture Elena's father, Sigifredo. When Ubaldo learns that Guido intends to
marry Elena, he thinks of betraying him to Boemondo and then of abducting her. Sigifredo, a
fugitive, overhears Ubaldo's attempt and when he intervenes he is taken prisoner. At the palace
Boemondo makes it clear to Elena that her father's safety depends on her marriage to Ubaldo, thus
persuading Guido to marry Imberga. Under threat she agrees and publicly declares her preference
for Ubaldo. Guido is angry, but later suspicious of her motives. Meanwhile Sigifredo has been
executed and, as the sounds of the approaching wedding of Guido and Imberga are heard, Elena
learns of the deception, loses her reason and dies, while Ubaldo, grief-stricken, is left to mourn
In his opera Elena da Feltre Mercadante abandons some of the current operatic conventions,
stressing, rather, the drama in varied musical forms and avoiding longer solos that might impede the
progress of the plot. Ubaldo, the leading tenor, is contrasted with his rival Guido, Elena's true lover,
while she is duly allowed a moving prayer and a final mad scene.