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Jérusalem

Jérusalem is a grand opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, first performed at the Salle Le Peletier in Paris on 26 November 1847. The libretto was a partial translation of the composer's 1843 Italian opera, I Lombardi alla prima crociata, adapted for performance in France. This caricature shows Adolphe-Joseph-Louis Alizard as Roger in the premiere of Jérusalem; Gilbert Duprez played the role of Gaston. Roger is jealous of Gaston and organises his murder, the wrong man is attacked because he has given away his white cloak, Gaston is exiled as the alleged perpetrator, and all depart to fight in the First Crusade to liberate Jerusalem.

See also: a lithograph of Duprez as Gaston

Illustration credit: unknown, possibly Benjamin Roubaud; restored by Adam Cuerden

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