La finta parigina

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La finta parigina is an opera buffa by Domenico Cimarosa with a mostly Italian (there is also some French) libretto by Francesco Cerlone. The opera premiered at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples, Italy in 1773.[1]

Historical background and analysis[edit]

La finta parigina was composed for Carnival of 1773 and, although the exact date of the works premier is now unknown, it was performed during Carnival of that year. It is the second of the sixty-eight operas that Cimarosa wrote and is written in the then popular style of comic Neapolitan opera. This style of comedy relies heavily upon character acting which is often zany and eccentric. Cerlone's libretto is filled with puns and other linguistic gags. The dialect of the opera was also written with a comic affectation that would have been highly amusing to the opera's original audience. Cimarosa's music also emphasizes the comic nature of the language and plot. For example, he constructs a mock duel scene via instrumentally accompanied recitative, its cantabile lines gradually developing into an ensemble. The opera was well received on its premier and is still infrequently revived today.[2]


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, Carnival 1773
(Conductor: - )
Donna Olimpia Onesti, Don Martino's wife who is supposedly dead soprano
Don Flaminio del Sole, a local dandy tenor
Mossiù Le Blò, a French doctor who is really a quack tenor
Don Martino Crespa, Donna Olimpia's supposedly widowed husband baritone
Donna Armida Gnoccolosa, engaged to Don Martino soprano
Cardillo, an innkeeper baritone
Malacarne, brother of Cardillo bass
Preziosa, a purveyor of cheese soprano
Rosolina, Cardillo's young sister soubrette



  1. ^ La finta parigina von Cimarosa
  2. ^ Recordings.1102