The subject was Têtes Rondes et Cavalieres (Roundheads and Cavaliers), a historical play written by Jacques-François Ancelot and Joseph Xavier Saintine, which some sources state was based on Walter Scott's novel Old Mortality, while others state that there is no connection.
I puritani and premiered it on January 24th, 1835 at the Théâtre-Italien in Paris, France.
Bellini’s I puritans takes place in England during the English Civil War in the 1640s. As a result, the country was divided by those who support the crown (the Royalists) and those who support the Parliament (the Puritans).
Elvira - Joan Sutherland
Arturo - Luciano Pavarotti
Riccardo - Piero Cappuccilli
Giorgio - Nicolai Ghiaurov
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Richard Bonynge - conductor
DECCA - 1975