ⓘ Il fortunato inganno


ⓘ Il fortunato inganno

Il fortunato inganno is an opera buffa in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti, to a libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola. Composed in 1823, it was first given on September 3 of that year at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples. It was not a success, and has disappeared from the repertory.


1. Composition

Donizetti composed the opera during the summer of 1823, during which time his Alfredo il grande was in rehearsals at the Teatro San Carlo. It failed after three performances, and was not seen again for many years. It was revived in 1998 by the Festival della Valle dItria, a performance which has been recorded.

The operas musical numbers are separated by spoken dialogue.


2. Plot

The opera takes place in Italy, sometime during the nineteenth century.

Lattanzio Lattrughellis opera company is in the process of rehearsing a new work, with the usual mishaps. His wifes niece, Eugenia, is in love with a young cavalry lieutenant, Edoardo, who loves her back. But his uncle, Colonel Franceschetti, refuses to consent to the marriage of his nephew with an actress. Aurelia, Eugenias aunt and Lattanzios wife, pretends to be a countess, and in the "happy deception" of the title, deceives the Colonel into believing she loves him, and in so doing persuades him to accept the union of the two young people. When he finds out that he has been tricked, the Colonel reacts angrily before agreeing to their wedding, and all ends happily.


3. Recordings

A recording of the opera made during its performances at the Festival dalla Valle dIstria was released by Dynamic in 1999. Its cast includes Domenico Colaianni, Stefania Donzelli, Magali Damonte, Eun-Joo Lee, Madia Todisco, and Nicolas Rivenq, under the direction of Arnold Bosman.

  • study in London with Joy Mammen. Early roles included Fulgenzia in Il fortunato inganno by Donizetti at the Vadstena Academy in 1995 and Aristaeus in Rossi s
  • including Don Sebastiano Alvarez in La zingara 1822 Ortenzio in Il fortunato inganno 1823 Claudio di Liverpool in Emilia di Liverpool 1824 Iwano
  • Il campanello or Il campanello di notte The Night Bell is a melodramma giocoso, or opera, in one act by Gaetano Donizetti. The composer wrote the Italian
  • from Germany, Francesco adopted his nephew Fortunato Chelleri and trained him as a musician. Operas Ottone il Grande Parma 1670 is cited as an early example
  • Naples Il finti padroni farsa, 1789, Rome La prova reciproca L inganno fortunato ossia La prova reciproca opera buffa, libretto by Giuseppe Palomba
  • Alfredo il grande Alfred the Great is a melodramma serio or serious opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Andrea Leone Tottola wrote the Italian libretto
  • Il Pigmalione Pygmalion is a scena lirica lyric scene or opera in one act by Gaetano Donizetti. The librettist is unknown, but it is known that the
  • Il falegname di Livonia, o Pietro il grande, czar delle Russie The Livonian Carpenter, or Peter the Great, Tsar of the Russias is an 1819 opera buffa
  • 1718 La caduta di Gelone Giuseppe Maria Buini, 1719 Amalasunta Fortunato Chelleri, 1719 Il pentimento generoso Andrea Stefano Fiore, 1719 Armida delusa
  • Il diluvio universale The great flood is an azione tragico - sacra, or opera, by Gaetano Donizetti. The Italian libretto was written by Domenico Gilardoni
  • 1786 Il Convalescente innamorato 1786 Il Demofonte 1787 Giasone e Medea 1787 L Inganno felice 1787 Il Catone in Utica 1787 L Artaserse 1790