The Nubian King Agorante, who is infatuated with Zoraide, has defeated her father, Ircano and captured her. Ricciardo, a Christian knight and Zoraide's lover, accompanies an emissary to plead for her release. Agorante's jealous wife, Zomira, arranges the capture of Ricciardo as well and plots to have the young lovers executed to protect her position as Queen. The opera ends with an army of Christian knights rescuing Ricciardo and Zoraide. Ricciardo spares Agorante's life.

Original Name Ricciardo e Zoraide
Librettist Francesco Berio di Salsa (based on cantos XIV and XV of Il Ricciardetto, an epic poem by Niccolò Forteguerri)
Premiered 1818, December 3rd (Teatro San Carlo) in Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Type Opera
Spoken language Italian
Instruments Orchestra
Voice (Tenor) - Agorante, King of Nubia, infatuated with Zoraide
Voice (Contralto) - Zomira, wife of Agorante
Voice (Tenor) - Zamorre, confidant of Agorante
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) - Elmira, confidant of Zomira
Voice (Bass) - Ircano, a Nubian prince
Voice (Soprano) - Zoraide, daughter of Ircano, in love with Ricciardo
Voice (Tenor) - Ricciardo, a Christian paladin knight, in love with Zoraide
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) - Fatima, confidant of Zoraide
Voice (Tenor) - Ernesto, friend of Ricciardo, Christian camp ambassador
Autotranslations beta Gioachino Rossini: Ricciardo and Zoraide
Gioachino Rossini: Ricciardo and Zoraide
Gioachino Rossini: Ricciardo and Zoraide