- Bryan Martin
Libretto by Antonio Palomba , first set by Pietro Auletta (1737, Naples).
The main characters are the lovers Orazio and Ginevra, who eloped from Genoa in defiance of their parents, were captured by Moorish pirates, and were separated when only Ginevra was rescued. The action begins seven years later with Orazio’s arrival, under the name of Leandro, at the residence of Lamberto, a Venetian singing teacher. Ginevra (now known as Giacomina), a pupil of Lamberto’s, is reluctantly to make her Naples début. She recognizes Leandro, but the two do not make themselves known to each other immediately. Orazio hatches an elaborate plot to free Ginevra from her Neapolitan engagement and, after the usual deceits, diversions and misunderstandings, the lovers are reunited. A subplot involves Lamberto, who is in love with Lauretta, another of his pupils: he contrives to keep her with him by declaring that her training is only half-finished, but she is discovered by the Neapolitan impresario Colagianni; after much scheming on both sides, Lamberto prevails....