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:See also Marie Sallé, whose stage name was "La Vestale".

La vestale (The Vestal Virgin) is an opera composed by Gaspare Spontini to a French libretto by Etienne de Jouy. It was first performed at the Paris Opéra in Parismarker on December 15, 1807.

La vestale is a famous opera in historical terms but is only very infrequently performed. There are several recordings of it. Two of its arias (translated to Italian and recorded by Maria Callas and Rosa Ponselle), "Tu che invoco" and "O Nume tutelar", are better known than the work as a whole.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast,
(Conductor: )
Licinius, Roman general tenor Étienne Lainez
Cinna, head of a legion tenor François Lay or Lays
Chief Priest bass Henri Étienne Dérivis
Julia, young vestal soprano Alexandrine-Caroline Branchu
The Great Vestal mezzo-soprano Marie-Thérèse Maillard
Chief of the Aruspices bass Duparc
A consul



Les aventures militaires, littéraires et autres de Etienne de Jouy de l'Académie française by Michel Faul (editions Seguier, March 2009 ISBN 978-2-8404-9556-7)

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