LORD GUALTIERO VALTON (Lord Walter Walton), commander of a Puritan garrison: Bass
SIR GIORGIO (Sir George), his brother, a retired colonel, Puritan: Bass
LORD ARTURO TALBO (Lord Arthur Talbot), Cavalier and supporter of the Stuarts: Tenor
SIR RICCARDO FORTH (Sir Richard Forth), Puritan colonel: Baritone
BRUNO (Sir Bruno Robertson), Puritan officer: Tenor
ENRICHETTA (Henrietta of France), widow of Charles I, under the name of Dame de Ville Forte: Soprano
ELVIRA, daughter of Lord Walton: Soprano
Soldiers of Cromwell, Heralds, Esquires of Lord Arthur and of Walton, Puritans, Men and Women of the Castle, Maids of honor, Pages, Servants.
Set during the English Civil War in the 1640s, this is the love story of Elvira, daughter of the Puritan Lord Walton and Lord Arthur Talbot, a sworn monarchist. Elvira’s uncle persuades her father to let her marry Arthur. But Arthur discovers that Henrietta, widow of Charles I, is being held prisoner in Walton’s fortress and takes advantage of his wedding arrangements to aid her escape by dressing her in Elvira’s wedding gown. Elvira believes she has been betrayed and loses her mind. But when the truth emerges, she is reunited with her betrothed and Arthur is pardoned by Cromwell.