The libretto is based on a hugely successful Heimatroman by Wilhelmine von Hillern (1836–1916), Die Geier-Wally (de), Eine Geschichte aus den Tyroler Alpen (The Vulture Wally: A Story from the Tyrolean Alps). Wally, short for Walburga, is a girl with some heroic attributes. The story is based on an episode in the life of Tyrolean painter Anna Stainer-Knittel whom von Hillern met. She gets her "Geier" (vulture) epithet from once stealing a vulture's hatchling from her nest. Von Hillern's piece was originally serialized in Deutsche Rundschau, and was reproduced in English as "A German Peasant Romance", in the Cornhill Magazine in July 1875.

Librettist Luigi Illica
Premiered 1892, January 20th (La Scala) in Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
Type Opera
Spoken language Italian
Instruments Voice (Soprano) - Wally
Voice (Bass) - Stromminger, Wally's father
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) - Afra, innkeeper
Voice (Soprano) - Walter, troubadour
Voice (Tenor) - Giuseppe Hagenbach
Voice (Baritone) - Vincenzo Gellner
Chorus/Choir - Tyroleans, shepherds, peasants, hunters, old women, village children.
Voice (Bass) - Schnals's herald
In listings Famous Works
Autotranslations beta Alfredo Catalani: La Wally
Alfredo Catalani: La Wally
Alfredo Catalani: La Wally