Molinara, La [L’amor contrastato, ossia La molinara (‘Doubtful Love, or The Maid of the Mill’)]
- Gordana Lazarevich
Commedia per musica in three acts by Giovanni Paisiello to a libretto by Giuseppe Palomba ; Naples, Teatro dei Fiorentini, autumn 1788.
In a villa on the outskirts of Naples a baroness, Eugenia (soprano), is supervising the progress of her marriage contract with Don Calloandro (tenor) which is being written by the notary Pistofolo (bass). Calloandro, Eugenia’s vain and affected cousin, is more enthusiastic about the young and pretty owner of the adjacent mill, Rachelina (soprano), than about his cousin’s marital intentions. Pretending to be modest, Rachelina manages to attract two other suitors: the elderly governor Don Rospolone (bass) and Pistofolo, who continually uses Latin words in normal conversation. In a scene full of slapstick action, Calloandro and Rospolone confess their love for Rachelina to the notary, who tries to hide the fact that all three are rivals; his life is eventually threatened by the other two when they discover the truth....