Ernani at the Theater


The choice of the name "Ernani" is due to one of the founders of the Torrefazione: a great Opera lover and particularly fascinated by the homonymous opera by Giuseppe Verdi, Ernani.

He imagined that the values metaphorically represented in the story - actually not truly convincing - of the opera, namely courage, visionary spirit and desire for revolution, are the same ones that we too wanted to convey through our coffee. A boundless desire to start from the Italian espresso tradition, however breaking the mold and offering something different and unique.

Ma chi era Ernani?

As already mentioned, Ernani is the protagonist of the opera Ernani by Giuseppe Verdi, from a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave.

The drama takes place in Spain in 1519 where the bandit Don Giovanni d'Aragona, aka Ernani, is leading a battle against King Charles, in demand for the killing of his father.

He decided to challenge the King with his small army, but Ernani's revolt fails and the rebel, disguised as a pilgrim, takes refuge near Silva.

Silva, great of Spain, as well as Elvira's uncle, is also the betrothed of the woman. King Charles is also in love with Elvira, but she reciprocates only Ernani's sentiment.

King Charles, in pursuit of Ernani, arrives at the castle, but unable to find Ernani, he asks Elvira to follow him. To protect Elvira, Ernani desperately decides to tell Silva that King Charles is also in love with his niece and asks for help to claim Elvira's offended honor.

Silva agrees and Ernani sanctions the pact by giving him a hunting horn: when Silva wants Ernani's death, she will blow the horn three times and Ernani will take his own life.

Here we are at the third act, set in the basement of the Aachen chapel, right on the tomb of Charlemagne, where the conspirators are gathered, led by Ernani, who, however, did not yet know that they had been anticipated by Charles who claims the imperial throne and decrees the death of the two: Ernani and Silva.


At this point Elvira intervenes in defense of Ernani, who begs the now emperor Charles to spare her in love with her and her uncle.

Charles gives in, even consenting to the marriage between Ernani and Elvira.


At this point, however, an irate Silva ponders revenge for her newly faded wedding with the woman.


The fourth act thus begins on the terrace in Ernani's palace, where the feast of the spouses is in progress. At one point, however, one of the servants notices a man dressed in a black and masked cloak, with a look full of anger and with a furtive attitude.


And when Elvira and Ernani finally exchange eternal love, the sound of a horn is heard. Ernani understands instantly, mindful of the oath he had made with Silva, and pushes Elvira away. Removing the mask, Silva reveals herself and reminds Ernani of her pact. Ernani, true to his word, is forced to respect the oath, so he grabs a dagger and kills himself.


Martina Mazzoleni 

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