- Gioachino Rossini. Dramma buffo in two acts. 1814.
- Libretto by Felice Romani, after the libretto by Caterino Mazzola.
- First performance at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, on 14th August, 1814.
|Selim, the Turk ||bass|
|Fiorilla, a young Neapolitan ||soprano|
|Geronio, her husband ||bass|
|Narciso, her lover ||tenor|
|Zaida, a Turk ||mezzo-soprano|
|Albazar, a Turk ||tenor|
|Prosdocimo, a poet ||baritone|
The poet Prosdocimo finds the subject for a new comedy in the ill- matched Geronio and his
flirtatious wife Fiorilla, prepared, already, to throw her cap at Selim, the Turkish Pasha, once loved
by Zaida, a girl who has taken refuge in a gypsy encampment near Naples, accompanied by Albazar.
Fiorilla entertains Selim, newly arrived in Naples, to coffee, and deals with both Geronio and
Narciso. Prosdocimo advises Geronio to manage his wife with firmness, but his attempts at this
prove unsuccessful. The principal characters gather at the gypsy camp, seeking their fortunes in one
way or another. Selim meets Zaida again and Zaida and Fiorilla confront each other. Selim now
suggests that he should buy Fiorilla from Geronio, a proposal he rejects. Prosdocimo, eager for a
comic outcome, offers a further plan. At a masked ball Geronio should masquerade as Selim, to
forestall the real Selim's planned abduction of Fiorilla. Narciso overhears the plan, and assumes the
same disguise, so that there are three Selims at the ball. Matters are finally resolved when the real
Selim decides to return home with Zaida, and Fiorilla is left to make the best of the revelation of her
There is a lively overture to Rossini's Il Turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy) and witty comedy in
a work that follows earlier custom in its contrast of manners.