Olivo e Pasquale
Olivo e Pasquale (Olivo and Pasquale) is a melodramma giocoso, a romantic comedy opera, in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Jacopo Ferretti wrote the Italian libretto after Simeone Antonio Sografi's play.
It premiered on 7 January 1827 at the Teatro Valle, Rome. Donizetti made some revisions in a subsequent production in Naples for the Teatro Nuovo in September 1827, the most important of which was changing Camillo to a tenor.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 7 January 1827
(Conductor: - )
|Isabella, daughter of Olivo||soprano||Emilia Bonini|
|Camillo||contralto||Anna Scudellari Cosselli|
|Matilde, Isabella's maid||mezzo-soprano||Agnese Loyselet|
|Monsieur le Bross, merchant of Cadice||tenor||Giovanni Battista Verger|
|Columella, a poor traveller||buffo||Luigi Garofalo|
|Diego, servant in the house of two siblings||baritone||Stanislao Prò|
|Waiters, servants, young people|
- Time: The eighteenth century
- Place: Lisbon
Olivo and Pasquale are two brothers, both merchants from Lisbon: the first is hot-blooded and brutal, the other is sweet and shy. Olivo's daughter, Isabella, loves a young apprentice, Camillo, but her father wants her to marry a wealthy merchant from Cadiz, Le Bross. Isabella tells Le Bross that she loves another. At first he is led to believe that it is Columella, an old conceited and ridiculous man but shortly after he understands that it is Camillo. Olivo, realizing that his daughter dares to oppose his will, is furious and Le Bross, shocked by his disproportionate reaction, becomes Isabella and Camillo's ally and promises to help them get married. The lovers threaten to commit suicide at five o'clock if Olivo doesn't agree to let them get married, but he does not believe them and refuses to be blackmailed. At five, however, shots of a firearm echo: Pasquale faints and Olivo says that now he would have preferred Isabella to be Camillo's wife rather than dead. Fortunately, the threat of suicide was not true and the two appear at the door, Olivo embraces and blesses their union.
(Olivo, Pasquale, Isabella, Camillo)
Opera House and Orchestra
|1980||John Del Carlo,
Estelle Maria Gibbs,
Orchestra Giovanile International di Opera Barga
(Recording of a performance in the Teatro Dei Differenti, Barga, 27 July)
|Audio CD: Bongiovanni
Cat: GB 2005/6-2
- Osborne 1994, p. 166.
- Source for recording information: Recording(s) of Olivo e Pasquale on operadis-opera-discography.org.uk
- Ashbrook, William, Donizetti and His Operas, Cambridge University Press, 1982, ISBN 0-521-23526-X ISBN 0-521-23526-X
- Holden, Amanda (Ed.), The New Penguin Opera Guide, New York: Penguin Putnam, 2001. ISBN 0-14-029312-4
- Osborne, Charles, The Bel Canto Operas of Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini, Portland, Oregon: Amadeus Press, 1994 ISBN 0-931340-71-3
- Weinstock, Herbert, Donizetti and the World of Opera in Italy, Paris, and Vienna in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century, New York: Pantheon Books, 1963. ISBN 63-13703
- Libretto (Italian)