in the music of "zampa" we recognize the hand of a master who, "to the spirit of music unites depth and elegance." a model of dignity and refinement; there is also much variety of form and movement in the different pieces. the work has still power to please. the libretto of "zampa" is excellent in the number and variety of the dramatic situations, but it has a somewhat artificial plot, and several of the incidents are fantastic and absurd. it was very popular from the beginning but financial troubles of the theater limited the number of its early performances.