''Gianni di Parigi'' is really the Dauphin of France who has taken the identity of a wealthy burgher in order to have a furtive first look at the royal bride he has never seen. The scene is a traveler's inn, where the betrothed and their entourages intersect. Class distinctions waver -Gianni's page Oliviero gives chase to the innkeeper's daughter. The Princess's major-domo rails against the impudence of the supposed commoner but, in an amusing sequence, eyes Gianni's feast that he is in danger of missing and consents to join it. Mutual recognition and mutual love are not far behind. All ends happily.
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