The Bohemian Girl

The Bohemian Girl is a ballad opera composed by Michael William Balfe with a libretto by Alfred Bunn.

The song features in Set at Random on unlikely occasions and is always linked with strangeness. Joyce liked the light opera and mentions Balfe in his works.

The plot of The Bohemian Girl is loosely based on a Cervantes tale, La Gitanilla. The best-known aria from the piece is I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls in which the main character, Arline, describes her vague memories of her childhood.

It has been recorded by many artists, most famously by Dame Joan Sutherland and also by the Norwegian soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø and Irish singer Enya. The aria is one of many taken from the opera that live on today as great works.



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