Finta semplice, La (‘The Pretended Simpleton’)
- Julian Rushton
Opera buffa in three acts, K51/46 a, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a libretto by Carlo Goldoni with alterations by Marco Coltellini ; Salzburg, Archbishop’s Palace, probably 1 May 1769.
La finta semplice was rehearsed in Vienna in 1768 but not performed, because of doubts about its genuineness and other intrigues (indignantly, but not circumstantially, outlined by Leopold). Its only performance in Mozart’s lifetime was in Salzburg the next year, with local singers including Maria Magdalena Lipp, Michael Haydn’s wife (Rosina). Coltellini’s revisions tighten the intrigue and ensure a good third finale....