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date: 07 August 2020

Mondo della luna, Il (‘The World on the Moon’)locked

  • Gordana Lazarevich

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(‘The World on the Moon’)

Libretto by Carlo Goldoni , first set by Baldassare Galuppi (1750, Venice).

A false astronomer, Ecclitico, is looking with his students at the moon through a telescope mounted on the balcony of his house. He decides to play a joke on the foolish and gullible Bonafede by telling him that with his powerful telescope he can see not only a world on the moon but can also detect houses, people and women undressing as they go to bed. At the telescope, Bonafede reports seeing a young woman caressing an old man, a husband beating his wife to punish her for infidelity, and a woman being led by the nose by her lover. Pleased that Ecclitico has made it possible for him to see such a world, Bonafede gives him money; but Ecclitico would prefer to have Bonafede’s daughter, Clarice, in marriage.

Ernesto loves Bonafede’s other daughter, Flaminia; he and his servant Cecco, interested in Bonafede’s maid Lisetta, conspire with Ecclitico to take the women away from Bonafede’s strict control by marrying them. Clarice and Flaminia are anxious to escape from the stifling atmosphere of their father’s home, hoping their future husbands will be too concerned with their own business to care about their wives’ social activities....

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