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date: 07 August 2020

Pescatrici, Le (‘The Fisherwomen’)locked

  • Gordana Lazarevich

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(‘The Fisherwomen’)

Libretto by Carlo Goldoni , first set by Ferdinando Bertoni (1751, Venice).

Nerina and Lesbina are two fisherwomen, betrothed to each others’ brothers, the fishermen Burlotto and Frisellino. Old Mastricco also belongs to this community, but his presumed daughter, Eurilda, has never felt comfortable there. The fishermen’s routine is interrupted one day by the arrival of Lindoro, Prince of Sorrento, and his entourage of noblemen. The prince asks the villagers to help in finding the object of his search: the lost heiress of Benevento.

Nerina and Lesbina, attracted to the stranger, are prepared to abandon their bridegrooms to marry into a higher social rank; each feigns royal blood and proclaims herself the lost princess. Lindoro’s confusion is heightened by Burlotto and Frisellino, each of whom names his sister as the woman that Lindoro seeks. To arrive at the truth Lindoro offers jewellery to the villagers. Everyone reaches out for the gold except for Eurilda, who unwittingly takes the dagger with which her father was killed. Lindoro recognizes her as the object of his search. Mastricco reveals that she is not his daughter but was given into his custody as a baby by a man who had saved her from her father’s murderer; she is now free to marry Lindoro....

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