128. La serva padrona (Pergolesi)

Intermezzo in 2 partsComposer: Giovanni Battista PergolesiLibretto: Gennarantonio FedericoFirst performed: Teatro San Bartolomeo, Naples, 28 August 1733 UBERTO, An old manBuffo bassGioacchino CorradoSERPINA, His maidSopranoLaura MontiVESPONE, His servantSilent actor  ★★★ For a comic interlude of 45 minutes, La serva padrona carries a lot of weight on her slim shoulders.  She’s the ancestrix of both the … Continue reading 128. La serva padrona (Pergolesi)

127. Germanico in Germania (Porpora)

Dramma per musica in 3 actsComposer: Nicola PorporaLibretto: Nicola ColuzziFirst performed: Teatro Capricana, Rome, 11 February 1732 GERMANICO, Leader of the Roman armyCastratoDomenico AnnibaliARMINIO, German prince, enemy of the RomansCastratoGaetano Majorano “Caffarelli”ROSMONDA, His wife, daughter of Segeste, enemy of the Romans Angelo Maria MonticelliCECINA, Roman captain Agostino FontanaERSINDA, Segeste’s other daughter, Roman citizeness Felice SalinbeniSEGESTE, German prince, Roman … Continue reading 127. Germanico in Germania (Porpora)

126. Catone in Utica (Vinci)

Opera seria in 3 actsComposer: Leonardo VinciLibretto: Pietro MetastasioFirst performed: Teatro Alibert, Rome, 19 January 1728 CATONETenorGiovanni Battista PinacciCESARECastratoGiovanni CarestiniMARZIA, Catone’s daughter, and secretly in love with CaesarCastratoGiacinto Fontana da Perugia, “Farfallino”ARBACE, prince of Numidia, Catone’s friend, in love with MarziaCastratoGiovanni Battista MinelliEMILIA, Pompeo’s widowCastratoGiovanni OssiFULVIO, legate of the Roman Senate to Cato, and member … Continue reading 126. Catone in Utica (Vinci)