Donizetti's 'Rosmonda d'Inghilterra' is an opera in two acts. The Italian libretto was written by Felice Romani originally for Coccia's Rosmunda.
In the Woodstock Castle park, the country-folk acclaim Enrico (King Henry II) upon his return from his wars in Ireland.
As they greet him, Leonora (Queen Eleanor) appears, followed by the King’s page, Arturo.
It is revealed that Arturo was once taken under Leonora’s protection as a young orphan,
and consequently feels deeply indebted to her.
As a result of these feelings, he has told her a powerful secret: that Enrico has a mistress,
and that upon his departure for Ireland he lodged her in a tower at Woodstock and left Arturo to watch over her.
Rosmonda Clifford - Jessica Pratt,
Enrico II - Dario Schmunck,
Leonora Di Guienna - Eva Mei,
Arturo - Raffaella Lupinacci,
Clifford - Nicola Ulivieri.
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Choir and Orchestra,
Conductor: Sebastiano Rolli.
Recorded at Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo, November 27, 2016.