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Matrimonio segreto, Il (‘The Secret Marriage’)locked

  • Gordana Lazarevich

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Melodramma giocoso in two acts by Domenico Cimarosa to a libretto by Giovanni Bertati, after George Colman the elder (see Colman family, §2) and Garrick, David’s play The Clandestine Marriage; Vienna, Burgtheater, 7 February 1792.

Leopold II, who attended the première, was so impressed that, after offering dinner to all the performers, he had them repeat the opera in a private performance on the same day. This was a considerable feat considering that, according to contemporary reports, the première lasted close to three hours because of public acclamation and the repetition of arias and ensembles....

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