Una cosa rara
|Una cosa rara|
|Opera by Vicente Martín y Soler|
Vicente Martín y Soler
|Librettist||Lorenzo Da Ponte|
|Premiere||17 November 1786
Una cosa rara, ossia Bellezza ed onestà (A Rare Thing, or Beauty and Honesty) is an opera by the composer Vicente Martín y Soler. It takes the form of a dramma giocoso in two acts. The libretto, by Lorenzo Da Ponte, is based on the play La luna de la sierra by Luis Vélez de Guevara. The opera was first performed at the Burgtheater, Vienna, on 17 November 1786. It was a huge success and was shown 78 times. Mozart quotes the music in the ensemble "O quanto in sì bel giubilo" towards the end of Don Giovanni.).
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast
17 November 1786
|Isabella, Queen of Spain||soprano||Luisa Laschi-Mombelli|
|Prince Don Giovanni, Isabella's son||tenor||Vincenzo Calvesi|
|Corrado, squire||tenor||Michael Kelly|
|Lilla, a peasant||soprano||Nancy Storace|
|Ghita, a peasant||soprano||Dorotea Sardi-Bassani|
|Tita, betrothed to Ghita||bass||Francesco Benucci|
|Lubino, betrothed to Lilla||baritone||Stefano Mandini|
|Lisargo, village mayor||bass||Johann Hoffmann|
|Chorus of hunters, shepherds and shepherdesses|
The town mayor and the Spanish prince Don Giovanni try to seduce the virtuous Lilla, who is engaged to Lubino. The queen finds out and resolves the state of affairs so Lilla is able to marry her beloved.
- For a detailed discussion of this borrowing, see Daniel E. Freeman, Mozart in Prague (Minneapolis: Bearclaw, 2013), 222-24.
- The Viking Opera Guide ed. Amanda Holden (Viking, 1993)
- Casaglia, Gherardo (2005). "Una cosa rara, 17 November 1786". Almanacco Amadeus (Italian).