|Operas by Gioachino Rossini|
La cambiale di matrimonio (1810)
Il turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy) is an opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini. La cambiale di matrimonio ( The Bill of Marriage or The Marriage Contract) is a one-act Operatic farsa comica by Gioachino Rossini to L'equivoco stravagante ( The Curious Misunderstanding) is an Operatic Dramma giocoso in two acts by Gioacchino Rossini to an Italian L'inganno felice ( The Fortunate Deception) is an Opera in one act by Gioachino Rossini with a Libretto by Giuseppe Maria Foppa Ciro in Babilonia ossia La caduta di Baldassare ( Cyrus in Babylon or The Downfall of Belshazzar) in an Opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder or Die seidene Leiter is an Operatic farsa comica in one act by Gioachino Demetrio e Polibio (Demetrius and Polybius is a two-act Operatic dramma serio by Gioachino Rossini to a Libretto by Vincenzina Viganò-Mombelli La pietra del paragone ( The Touchstone) is an Opera, or Melodramma giocoso in two acts by Gioacchino Rossini ' L’occasione fa il ladro ossia Il cambio della valigia' (' Opportunity Makes a Thief or The Exchanged Suitcase') is an Opera ( burletta per musica or Il signor Bruschino ossia Il figlio per azzardo (Signor Bruschino or The Gambling Son is a one act Operatic farce (farsa giocosa per musica Tancredi is an Opera in two acts by composer Gioachino Rossini and Librettist Gaetano Rossi, based on Voltaire 's play L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers is an Operatic Dramma giocoso in two acts by Gioachino Rossini Aureliano in Palmira is an Operatic dramma serio in two acts written by Gioachino Rossini to an Italian Libretto probably Sigismondo is an Operatic 'dramma' in two act by Gioacchino Rossini to an Italian Libretto by Giuseppe Maria Foppa. Elisabetta regina d'Inghilterra, ( Elizabeth Queen of England) is a dramma per musica or opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini, Torvaldo e Dorliska ( Torvaldo and Dorliska) is an Operatic dramma semiserio in two act by Gioacchino Rossini to an Italian The Barber of Seville or The Useless Precaution ( Il barbiere di Siviglia ossia L'inutile precauzione) is an Opera buffa in two acts by La gazzetta ossia Il matrimonio per concorso ( The Newspaper or The Marriage Contest is an Opera buffa by Gioachino Rossini. Otello is an Opera in three acts by Gioacchino Rossini to an Italian Libretto by Francesco Maria Berio di Salsi based on Shakespeare La Cenerentola ossia La bontà in trionfo ( Cinderella or Goodness Triumphant) is an Operatic Dramma giocoso in two acts by Gioacchino "The Thieving Magpie" redirects here For the Marillion album of the same name see The Thieving Magpie (album La gazza ladra Armida is an Opera (dramma per musica in two acts by Gioacchino Rossini to an Italian Libretto by Giovanni Schmidt, based Adelaide di Borgogna ossia Ottone re d'Italia ( Adelaide of Burgundy or Otto King of Italy) is a two-act Opera composed by Gioacchino Mosè in Egitto (known in the French version as Moïse et Pharaon ou Le passage de la Mer Rouge) ( Moses and Pharaoh or The Passage to the Red Ricciardo e Zoraide ( Ricciardo and Zoraide) is an Opera in two act by Gioacchino Rossini to an Italian Libretto by Adina is an operatic Farsa in one act by Gioachino Rossini with a Libretto by Gherardo Bevilacqua-Aldobrandini. Ermione is a tragic Opera (azione tragica in two acts by Gioacchino Rossini to an Italian Libretto by Andrea Leone Eduardo e Cristina is an Operatic 'dramma' in two acts by Gioacchino Rossini to an Italian Libretto originally written by Giovanni La donna del lago ( The Lady of the Lake) is an Opera by Gioachino Rossini with a Libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola Bianca e Falliero ossia Il consiglio dei tre (Bianca and Falliero or The Counsel of Three is a two-act Operatic Melodramma by Gioachino Maometto secondo is an opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini, to an Italian libretto by Cesare della Valle based on his earlier play Anna Erizo. Matilde di Shabran (1821 ossia Bellezza e cuor di ferro ( Matilde of Shabran or Beauty with a Heart of Iron) is a Melodramma Zelmira is an Opera in two acts by Gioacchino Rossini to a libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola. Semiramide is an Opera in two acts by Gioacchino Rossini. The Libretto was written by Gaetano Rossi, based on Voltaire 's Il viaggio a Reims ossia L'albergo del giglio d'oro ( The Journey to Reims or The Hotel of the Golden Fleur-de-lis) is an Operatic Dramma Le siège de Corinthe ( The Siege of Corinth) is an Opera in three acts by Gioacchino Rossini to a French Libretto Ivanhoé is an 1826 Pastiche Opera in three acts with music by Gioachino Rossini to a French -language libretto by Emile Deschamps and Gabriel-Gustave Mosè in Egitto (known in the French version as Moïse et Pharaon ou Le passage de la Mer Rouge) ( Moses and Pharaoh or The Passage to the Red Le comte Ory is an Opera written by Gioacchino Rossini in 1828. Guillaume Tell ( William Tell) is an Opera in four acts by Gioachino Rossini to a French Libretto by Etienne de Jouy Opera is an art form in which Singers and Musicians perform a Dramatic work (called an opera which combines a text (called a Libretto The Italian-language libretto was written by Felice Romani. Italian ( or lingua italiana) is a Romance language spoken by about 63 million people as a First language, primarily in Italy. A libretto is the text used in an extended Musical work such as an Opera, Operetta, Masque, sacred or secular Oratorio and Felice Romani ( January 31, 1788 — January 28, 1865) was an Italian Poet and scholar of literature and Mythology It was a re-working of a libretto by Caterino Mazzolà set as an opera (with the same title) by the German composer Franz Seydelmann in 1788. Year 1788 ( MDCCLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap It was first performed in La Scala, Milan on August 14, 1814. The Teatro alla Scala (or La Scala, as it is known in Milan, Italy, is one of the world's most famous Opera houses The theatre was Milan (Milano Milan (listen) is one of the largest cities in Italy, located in the plains of Lombardy. Events 1183 - Taira no Munemori and the Taira clan take the young Emperor Antoku and the three sacred treasures Year 1814 ( MDCCCXIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common
An opera buffa, it was influenced by Mozart's Così fan tutte, which was being performed at the same theatre shortly before Rossini's work. The term Opera buffa (plural Opere buffe) was at first used as an informal description of Italian Comic operas variously classified by their authors as Così fan tutte ossia La scuola degli amanti ( Thus Do They All or The School For Lovers) K
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, August 14, 1814|
(Conductor: Alessandro Rolla)
|Don Geronio, a Neapolitan gentleman||bass||Luigi Pacini|
|Fiorilla, his wife||soprano||Francesca Maffei Festa|
|Selim, the Turk||bass||Filippo Galli|
|Narciso, in love with Fiorilla||tenor||Giovanni David|
|Prosdocimo, a poet||baritone||Pietro Vasoli|
|Zaida, a Turk||mezzo-soprano||Adelaide Carpano|
|Albazar, a Turk||tenor||Gaetano Pozzi|
|Gypies, Turks, people - Chorus|
By the sea shore near Naples. This article is related to a series of articles under the main article Voice type. Filippo Galli ( 1783 – Paris, June 3, 1853) was an Italian Opera singer who began his career as a tenor in 1801 but The tenor is the highest male voice within the Modal register, just above the Baritone voice Giovanni David (September 15 1790 in Naples – 1864 in Saint Petersburg) was an Italian Tenor particularly known for his roles in Rossini This article is related to a series of articles under the main article Voice type. This article is related to a series of articles under the main article Voice type. A poet (baritone) is searching for a plot for a drama buffo. He meets a band of Gypsies, including the beautiful but unhappy Zaida (mezzo-soprano) and her confidant Albazar (tenor). Perhaps the Gypsies can provide some ideas? The poet's friend, the obstinate and sometimes foolish Geronio (bass), is looking for a fortune teller to advise him on his marital problems, but the Gypsies tease him. Zaida tells the poet that she is from a Turkish harem. She and her master prince Selim were in love, but jealous rivals accused her of infidelity and she had to flee for her life, accompanied by Albazar. Nevertheless she still loves only one man and that man is Selim. The poet knows that a Turkish prince will shortly be arriving in Italy. Perhaps he can help? Geronio's capricious young wife Fiorilla (soprano) enters singing (in contrast to Zaida) of the joys of free and unfettered love. A Turkish ship arrives and the prince disembarks. It is Selim (bass) himself. Fiorilla is immediately attracted to the handsome Turk, and a romance rapidly develops. Narciso (tenor) appears in her pursuit. He is an ineffectual admirer of Fiorilla posing as a friend of her husband. Geronio follows, horrified to learn that Fiorilla is taking the Turk home to drink his coffee!
The scene changes to Geronio's house where Fiorilla and Selim are flirting. Geronio enters timidly and Selim is initially impressed by his unexpected meekness, however Narciso noisily scolds Geronio. The domestic menage irritates Selim and he leaves after quietly arranging to meet Fiorilla again by his ship. Geronio tells Fiorilla he will not allow any more Turks - or Italians - in his house. She sweetly undermines his complaints, and then, when he softens, threatens to punish him by enjoying herself even more wildly.
Back at the sea shore, it is now night. Selim is waiting for Fiorilla. Instead he meets Zaida. The former lovers are shocked, delighted, and declare once more their mutual love. Narciso re-appears, followed by Fiorilla in disguise, with Geronio in pursuit. Selim confuses the veiled Fiorilla with Zaida and the two women come suddenly face to face. Fiorilla accuses Selim of betrayal. Zaida confronts Fiorilla. Geronio tells his wife to go home. There is a stormy finale.
At an inn. Selim approaches Geronio amicably, offering to buy Fiorilla. That way Geronio can be rid of his problems and also make some money. Geronio refuses. Selim vows to steal her instead. After they leave, Fiorilla and a group of her friends appear, followed by Zaida. Fiorilla has set up a meeting between them and Selim, so that the Turk will be forced to decide between the two women. In the event he is indecisive, not wishing to lose either of them. Zaida leaves in disgust. Selim and Fiorilla quarrel but are eventually reconciled. As the poet tells Geronio, there is going to be a party. Fiorilla will be there to meet Selim, who will be masked. Geronio should also go - disguised as a Turk! Narciso overhears this, he will take advantage of the situation to take Fiorilla himself, in revenge for her former indifference. Geronio laments his destiny, that he should have such a terrible, crazy wife. Albazar passes by holding a costume - for Zaida!
The scene changes to a ballroom with masqueraders and dancers. Fiorilla mistakes Narciso for Selim and Narciso leads her away. Meanwhile Selim enters with Zaida, under the impression that she is Fiorilla. Geronio is in utter despair at finding two couples and two Fiorillas! Narciso and Selim both entreat their partners to leave with them. Confused and angry, Geronio attempts to stop both couples, but they eventually escape.
Back at the inn, the poet meets Geronio. They now know that Selim was with Zaida and guess that Fiorilla was with Narciso. Albazar confirms that Selim will definitely stay with Zaida. The poet advises Geronio to have his revenge on Fiorilla by pretending to divorce her and threatening to send her back to her family.
Having discovered Narciso's deception, Fiorilla tries to find Selim, but he has already left with Zaida. She returns home only to find the divorce letter and her belongings being removed from the house. She is devastated by shame, and promptly deserted by her friends.
Returning again to the beach, Selim and Zaida are about to set sail for Turkey, while Fiorilla is looking for a boat to take her back to her home town. Geronio finds and forgives her. They are affectionately reconciled. Both couples are now reunited and the poet is delighted with his happy ending.
[This synopsis by Simon Holledge was first published on Opera japonica http://www.operajaponica.org and appears here by permission. ]