La pastorella nobile
It was one of Guglielmi's most successful opera. Productions followed in Italy and elsewhere, including London, Paris, Madrid, Dresden and Prague, sometimes under the title L'erede di Belprato. In Germany it was given as Die Schöne auf dem Lande, Die adelische Schäferin and Das adelige Landmädchen.
In Vienna it was the most popular opera at the beginning of the 1790s. Adriana Ferrarese and Francesco Benucci, the first Fiodiligi and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte sang the roles of Donna Florida and Don Polibio, in a version that apparently enhanced the importance of Donna Florida, probably through a revision by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart's librettist and Ferrarese's lover. However the later arrival on the scene of Tomeoni (to sing Eurilla) led to the restoration of the original version.
|Cast||Voice type||Premiere, 15 or 19 April 1788|
|Eurilla, a shepherdess||soprano||Irene Tomeoni|
|Don Polibio, the mayor||bass|
|Don Calloandro, Don Polibio's son||baritone|
|Donna Florida, Astolfo's fiancée||soprano|
|Don Astianatte. Donna Florida's brother||tenor|
Eurilla, the shepherdess is pursed by Marchese Astolpho. who is to marry Donna Florida, while Eurilla is attracted to Don Calloandro, the son of Don Polibio, the mayor.
- Though the Amadeus Alamanc refers to the opera as a dramma giocoso.
- Rice, John A, La Folia in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Vienna