was Balfe's most successful opera. It opened
at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on November
27, 1843 and remained a stalwart of the opera touring
circuit in Britain into the 20th century.
It also had several productions both in Europe
and elsewhere in the English speaking world.
libretto was by Alfred Bunn, the theatre manager,
using a story based on continental sources.
Set in Austria, a Polish nobleman, Thaddeus,
saves the life of Arlene, the young daughter
of the Governor. However, Arlene is then kidnapped
and is raised amongst a band of gypsies, where
Thaddeus has taken refuge. Arlene and Thaddeus
fall in love and after a number of hurdles and
misunderstandings, Arlene is reunited with her
father and marries Thaddeus.