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Adelaide di Borgogna, ossia Ottone, re d'Italia (Adelaide of Burgundy, or Otto, King of Italy) is a two-act opera composed by Gioachino Rossini (with contributions by Michele Carafa) to a libretto by Giovanni Schmidt. It was premièred at the Teatro Argentina in Rome on 27 December 1817.[1]


Performance historyEdit

20th century and beyond

Performances have included concert versions with Della Jones as Ottone and Eiddwen Harrhy as Adelaide given at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall in November 1978, and another at Usher Hall in Edinburgh on 19 August 2005 [2] with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus with Jennifer Larmore as Ottone and Marjella Cullagh as Adelaide.

The Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca in Italy presented staged performances in August 1984, with Ottone sung by Martine Dupuy and Adelaide by Mariella Devia. In addition, the Rossini Opera Festival staged it in Pesaro in August 2006, with Daniela Barcellona and Patrizia Ciofi singing the roles of Ottone and Adelaide respectively[3] and it was presented again in a new production in 2011, also with Barcellona as well as Jessica Pratt in the title role.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 27 December 1817[4]
Adelaide soprano Elisabetta Manfredini-Guarmani
Ottone contralto Elisabetta Pinotti
Adelberto tenor Savino Monelli
Berengario bass Gioacchino Sciarpelletti
Eurice mezzo-soprano Anna Maria Muratori
Ernesto tenor Giovanni Puglieschi
Iroldo mezzo-soprano or tenor Luisa Bottesi


Year Cast
(Ottone, Adelaide,
Berengario, Adalberto)
Opera House and Orchestra
1984 Martine Dupuy,
Mariella Devia,
Armando Caforio,
Aldo Bertolo
Alberto Zedda,
Martina Franca Festival Orchestra and New Cambridge Chorus
(Recording of a performance at the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca, southern Italy, 4 August)
Audio CD: Fonit Cetra
Cat: 3984 27591
2005 Jennifer Larmore,
Marjella Cullagh,
Mirco Palazzi,
Bruce Ford
Giuliano Carella,
Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus
(Recording of a concert performance in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 19 August)
Audio CD: Opera Rara
Cat: ORC 32
2011 Daniela Barcellona,
Jessica Pratt,
Bogdan Mihai,
Nicola Uliviero
Dmitri Jurowski,
Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
(Recording of a performance at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro)
Blu-ray DVD: Arthaus Musik,
Cat: 108060



  1. ^ Casaglia (2005)
  2. ^ Tim Ashley, "Adelaide di Borgogna Usher Hall, Edinburgh", The Guardian (London), 22 August 2005
  3. ^ a b Details of performances and recordings on
  4. ^ Premiere cast from Casaglia (2005)


  • Gossett, Philip; Patricia Brauner, in Amanda Holden (Ed.) (2001), The New Penguin Opera Guide, New York: Penguin Putnam. ISBN 0-14-029312-4
  • Osborne, Charles (1994), The Bel Canto Operas of Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini, Portland, Oregon: Amadeus Press. ISBN 0-931340-71-3
  • Osborne, Richard, Rossini, Ithaca, New York: Northeastern University Press, 1990 ISBN 1-55553-088-5 ISBN 1-55553-088-5
  • Osborne, Richard, "Adelaide di Borgogna", in Stanley Sadie, (Ed.), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, Vol. One. p. 19. London: Macmillan Publishers, Inc. 1998 ISBN 0-333-73432-7 ISBN 1-56159-228-5

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