ⓘ La finta parigina

                                     

ⓘ La finta parigina

La finta parigina is an opera buffa in 3 acts by Domenico Cimarosa with an Italian libretto by Francesco Cerlone. The opera premiered at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples, in 1773.

                                     

1. The opera

La finta parigina was composed for Carnival of 1773 and, although the exact date of the works premiere is now unknown. It is the second of the sixty-eight operas that Cimarosa wrote and is written in the then popular style of Neapolitan opera buffa. The libretto uses Neapolitan dialect and praises Cimarosas home town of Aversa, notably its mozzarella cheese and Asprina wine. most of the opera consists of solo numbers, with only a few brief duets and ensembles.

The opera relates the amorous misadventures of a group including the shopkeeper Cardillo baritone, his sister Rosalina soprano, the nobles Donna Olimpia soprano and Don Flaminio alto, a Frenchman Monsiu Blo tenor and Donna Armida soprano, the fake Parisienne.

                                     

2. Recordings

  • La finta parigina with conductor Danilo Lombardini and the Orchestra Filarmonica Siciliana. Cast includes: Alessia Sparacio Armida, Juan Gambina Flaminio, Nunzio Galli Le Blo, Alessandro Battiato Martino, Anna Rita Gemmabella Olimpia, Rosita Ramini Preziosa, Alice Sunseri Rosolina, Paolo Cutolo Cardillo, and Giovanni Bellavia Malacarne. Released on the Bongiovanni label in 1999.