opera of Francesco Fulvio Frugoni
The opera, which was inspired by the personal story of Aurelia Spinola of whom Frugoni was the confidant and spiritual father. He aroused the ire of Onorato II, Prince of Monaco. So much so as to make Frugoni face not only exile from the Principality and from Genoa, but also the indignation of the public; the same author defined it as “the debut of disgrace”.
“…the experience, narrated in first person by the protagonist, offers ideas and considerations of this opera that celebrates in Aurelia, Princess of France according to the Gallicano Martyrology, the myth of the persecuted woman who is noble and pure. The parents want Aurelia to be the wife of Eluvian, prince of France, but the kingdom to which the young lady aspires is not of this world and for this reason she leaves “the spouse, the homeland and parents”. For this reason she will suffer and macerate in her own pain; penance will play across her face “with her smortswan pallors”, modesty will colour it “with the beautiful vermilion of her redivi chinabri”, and if with fasting she learns to nourish her mind, she will feed herself “with the contemplation of eternal life”. It is not difficult to grasp the sensual motives of this very passionate religiosity. The “beloved crucifix” and that “costly love of her wounded lover” recall the strong Bernini expressions of Saint Teresa, as do the monologues that refer to sacred theatricalism and the preaching recited during holy Week. In the emblematic conflict between good and evil, typical of the baroque novel, one can grasp the dramatic vision of the world with its dark and painful tones…“. Entirely taken from https://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/francesco-fulvio-frugoni_(Dizionario-Biografico)/ by Gianfranco Formicchetti.