About Victor d'Arlincourts successful novel L'etrangère Vincenzo Bellini wrote enthusiastically: "This is a material full of exciting moments, and all new, terrific." He took it as a template, peppered with extreme emotional characters in exceptional circumstances on the basis of his ideas he the romantic opera was able to develop. With La straniera he succeeded his radical score. Hector Berlioz, who in Italian opera had actually little joy, was impressed by this music, be einkomponiert in the "deep passion, painful emotion" and a "cry of anguish mad love."
Arturo Graf is engaged to Isoletta, but he has fallen in love with a mysterious stranger who lives alone in the woods. The people in the village believe it is a witch. Arturo wants to escape with her, but the stranger refused it. Arturo's friend Baron Valdeburgo tried it again due to Isoletta. To find understanding, Arturo brings him to the strangers. Amazingly, welcome the stranger and Valdeburgo with a tender embrace. Immediately, Arturo dueled jealous with his friend, thereby Valdeburgo falls into the lake. The exclamation of strangers "You killed my brother!" Explains the intimate greeting. Arturo also plunges into the lake, the Desperate left with his bloody sword. How to find the villagers, accusing them of the murder of the two men. In court, both victims appear alive again and prove the innocence of strangers. Arturo still will not let his passion for her. On his wedding day with Isoletta he flees from the altar. As now it turns out that it is the stranger is the wife of the King of France, who had to live in exile, Arturo stabs.