Una follia

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Una follia is a farsa in one act by composer Gaetano Donizetti. The work premiered on 15 December 1818 at the Teatro San Luca in Venice. The opera uses the same Italian-language libretto by Bartolomeo Merelli after August von Kotzebue's Der Graf von Burgund that Donizetti used for his Enrico di Borgogna a month earlier, but with different music. It was given one performance and "never performed again, and its score has never been found." [1]

Farsa is a genre of opera, associated with Venice in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It is also sometimes called farsetta.

Gaetano Donizetti 19th-century Italian opera composer

Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti was an Italian composer. Along with Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini, Donizetti was a leading composer of the bel canto opera style during the first half of the nineteenth century. Donizetti's close association with the bel canto style was undoubtedly an influence on other composers such as Giuseppe Verdi.

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RoleVoice typePremiere Cast, [2] 15 December 1818
(Conductor:)
Brunone baritone Giuseppe Fioravanti
Elisa mezzo-soprano Adelina Catalani
Enrico contralto Fanny Eckerlin
Geltrude soprano Adelaide Cassago
Gilberto bass Andrea Verni
Nicola bassPietro Verducci
PietrotenorGiuseppe Fusconi
GuidotenorGiuseppe Eliodoro Spech
BrunobassPietro Verducci

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Notes

  1. Osborne, p. 143
  2. Casaglia, Gherardo (2005).[http://almanac-gherardo-casaglia.com/index.php?Giorno=15&Mese=12&Anno=1818&Testo=Una_follia&Parola=Stringa"Una follia, 15 December 1818"]. L'Almanacco di Gherardo Casaglia (in Italian).

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William Ashbrook was an American musicologist, writer, journalist, and academic. He was perhaps best noted as a historian, researcher and popularizer of the works of Italian opera composer Gaetano Donizetti.

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