ⓘ Lo frate 'nnamorato


ⓘ Lo frate nnamorato

Lo frate nnamorato is a three-act commedia per musica by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, to a Neapolitan libretto by Gennaro Antonio Federico, first performed in 1732.


1. Composition history

The opera, written when the composer was only 22, his first attempt at comic opera. It was followed in 1733 by his better-known short opera, La serva padrona. The first performance was on 27 September 1732, at the Teatro dei Fiorentini, Naples. A successful run was halted by a severe earthquake, which closed the theatres in Naples until the autumn of 1733. It was re-presented during the 1734 carnival season, in a version revised by the author.


2. Synopsis

Setting: House of Marcaniello; Capodimonte region of Naples

Ascanio, the brother of Nina and Nena, was stolen by brigands in childhood and presumed lost; he was, however, found and adopted by Marcaniello.

Now, Nina and Nena are the wards of their uncle, the Roman Don Carlo. Don Carlo wishes to marry Luggrezia, the daughter of Marcaniello, who himself wishes to marry Nina and to take Nena as wife for his son, the foppish Don Pietro. Nina and Nena meanwhile have fallen in love with Ascanio, not realising their relationship. The two maids Vanella servant of Carlo and Cardella servant of Marcaniello comment on and take part in the various intrigues which ensue.

Finally, in a duel with Carlo, the latter recognises Ascanio as his lost nephew by a birthmark on his arm. Ascanio and Luggrezia are now free to marry.


3. Recordings

key: conductor/Nena/Nina/Luggrezia/Ascanio/Carlo/Marcaniello/Pietro/Cardella/Vannella

  • Riccardo Muti/Felle/Manca di Nissa/D’Intino/Focile/di Cesare/Corbelli/de Simone/Curiel/Norberg-Schulz - 1989, filmed at Teatro alla Scala in Milan - Opus Arte DVD
  • Fabio Biondi/Biccire/Adamonyte/di Castri/Belfiore/Alegret/Alaimo-N/Morace/Bove/Chierici - 2011, filmed in Jesi - Arthaus DVD
  • Cillario/Girones/Cavicchioli/Cavicchioli/Bonisolli/Lazzari/Mariotti/Basiola/Taylor Bonisolli/Fusco - 1969, live in Naples - Memories
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  • Orlando Handel, 1994 Lo frate nnamorato Pergolesi, 1993 The Secret Marriage, Domenico Cimarosa, 1991 Dido and Aeneas, Purcell, 1990 Lo speziale, Haydn
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