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date: 19 November 2019

Cosa rara, Una [Una cosa rara, o sia Bellezza ed onestà (‘A Rare Thing, or Beauty and Honesty’)]locked

  • Dorothea Link

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[Una cosa rara, o sia Bellezza ed onestà (‘A Rare Thing, or Beauty and Honesty’)]

Dramma giocoso in two acts by Vicente Martín y Soler to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte after Luis Vélez de Guevara’s play La luna de la Sierra; Vienna, Burgtheater, 17 November 1786.

A royal hunting party, consisting of Queen Isabella (soprano), Prince Giovanni (tenor) and the equerry Corrado (tenor), arrives at a village in the mountains and is drawn into a local crisis. The marriage plans of Lilla (soprano), the village beauty, and Lubino (bass), a mountaineer, are thwarted by Tita (bass), Lilla’s brother, who wants to marry her forcibly to the mayor Lisargo (bass). Lilla beseeches the Queen for help, but before she can intervene, Ghita (soprano), Tita’s betrothed, prevails upon him to abandon his unhappy scheme. The Queen commands that the double wedding take place that very day. Meanwhile the Prince, who has earlier pleaded his love to Lilla, renews his wooing; he is aided by Corrado, who is secretly wooing her himself. They harass the two couples with serenades, disguises and threats. Despite Lilla’s constancy, the furious and jealous husband is driven to appeal to the Queen for help. Corrado is punished, after which the Queen and Prince depart amid rejoicing....

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