Also known by the Italian title of La Favorita.
The original text
Based on the 1764 play Les Amans Malheureux, ou Le Comte de Comminge by Baculard d'Arnaud (1718–1805), (an adaptation des Mémoires du comte de Comminge by Mme de Tencin, 1735), the romantic opera tells of the struggles of the King of Castile, Alfonso XI, and his mistress, the "favourite" Leonora, against the backdrop of the political wiles of receding Moorish Spain and the life of the Catholic Church. It premiered on December 2, 1840 at the Académie Royale de Musique (Salle Le Peletier) in Paris, France.
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