A lovely drawing executed in pen with watercolor depicting an operatic set showing a young woman pleading with two armed soldiers. The costumes seem to hint at ancient Rome, so possibly this is a setting for Donizetti's opera Poliuto. In that opera the hero and heroine die as Christian martyrs. The opera was revived, famously, for Corelli and Callas at La Scala in 1960.
A rare example of Donizetti's drawings.
We acquired this drawing as part of a wonderful large album started by the Irish singer, composer and conductor Michael Balfe. I have so far not seen a reference to Balfe's acquaintance with Donizetti but in all likelihood he probably met him when he was studying in Italy, a time when Balfe was already well acquainted with Rossini.GPH-15123$2,000