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Torvaldo e Dorliska is an "in between" opera on several levels. It was written between two of Rossini's major works, his opera seria Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra and his opera buffa Il barbiŤre di Siviglia. Torvaldo e Dorliska also falls between the two genres, with elements of both opera seria and opera buffa; in fact, he described it as an "opera semiseria." Perhaps the narrative and musical ambiguity of this hybrid explains the work's lack of initial success and its failure to recapture the stage. Its music is ...

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