• Vincenzo Bellini. Tragedia lirica in two acts. 1829.
  • Libretto by Felice Romani, after Voltaire’s tragedy Zaïre.
  • First performance at the Teatro Ducale, Parma, on 16th May 1829.

Zaira, a Christian captive, is to marry Sultan Orosmane. Her father Lusignano is also imprisoned and recognises her as his daughter, distressed that she has become a Moslem. Orosmane is jealous of the Christian knight Nerestano, who is, in fact, Zaira’s brother, and after various complexities in the plot, kills Zaira. When he learns the truth, he kills himself.

Zaira won no success and Bellini later made use of parts of it for other works, designed for theatres of greater importance.