The Mistress of the Inn
|The Mistress of the Inn|
Constantin Stanislavski as Ripafratta in 1898.
|Written by||Carlo Goldoni|
|Place premiered||Republic of Venice|
|Setting||Mirandolina's inn in Florence|
The Mistress of the Inn (Italian: La locandiera [la lokanˈdjɛːra]), also translated as The Innkeeper Woman or Mirandolina (after the play's main character), is a 1753 three-act comedy by the Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni about a coquette. The play has been regarded as his masterpiece. Frederick Davies describes it as Goldoni's Much Ado About Nothing.
- Mirandolina, the mistress of the inn
- Baron Ripafratta
- Marquis of Forlipopoli
- Count of Albafiorita
- Fabrizio, a servant of the inn
- the Baron's servant
The play was one of those produced by the world-famous Moscow Art Theatre (MAT) in its first season. This production opened in a double-bill with Greta's Happiness by Emilia Matthai on 2 December 1898. It was directed by Constantin Stanislavski, who also played the misogynist Ripafratta. Stanislavski directed the play in a second production at the MAT, which opened on 3 February 1914 after 112 rehearsals. He played the role of Ripafratta once more. The artist Alexandre Benois provided the scenic design for this production, which was conceived as a showcase for the actress Olga Gzovskaya.
In 1773 the Venetian composer Antonio Salieri and the librettist Domenico Poggi adapted the play as a three-act dramma giocoso. In 1800 the German composer Simon Mayr and Italian librettist Gaetano Rossi adapted it as a two-act dramma giocoso. The American composer Henry Kimball Hadley adapted it as a one-act comic opera called Bianca, which was first performed in 1918. Bohuslav Martinů also produced an operatic version, his three-act Mirandolina, which was first performed in 1959. The play was also adapted into several films, notably Paolo Cavara's La locandiera and Tinto Brass' Miranda.
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