Verdi's choice for a subject – the story of a pastor who offers his unfaithful wife a divorce, only to have her return to him just as, on the verge of forgiveness and a happy ending, her father murders her seducer – is a product of his own time. Why would a Catholic Italian composer be interested in a story that takes place in Austria? And what does he have to do with Protestantism at all? These questions weighed on both Verdi and the work itself, to the point that he revised it with the title of Aroldo. In any case, neither version of the work receives the attention it deserves. The Opera is performing the work for the first time since 2013, this time in honour of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – and as a prototype for the staged premiere planned for 2019.