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Il Trespolo tutore (Trespolo the Tutor) is a comic opera in three acts by the Italian composer Alessandro Stradella with a libretto by Giovanni Cosimo Villifranchi. It was first performed at the Teatro Falcone, Genoa on 30 or 31 January, 1679. It is considered one of the first Italian comic operas.



Role Voice type Premiere Cast
Trespolo bass Giovanni Battista Petriccioli
Artemisia his pupil soprano Caterina Angela Botteghi
Ciro castrato (soprano) Marcantonio Orrigoni
Nino Ciro's brother castrato (contralto) Francesco Vallerini
Simona nurse and servant to Nino tenor (en travesti) Francesco Guerra
Despina Simona's daughter soprano Annuccia


Artemisia is in love with her tutor Trespolo but he is too dull-witted to realise this and is in love with the serving-maid Despina instead. Two brothers, Ciro and Nino, are in love with Artemisia; one of them goes mad and the other, who has been insane, is cured. The plot becomes more and more farcically complicated until, in the end, Trespolo marries Despina and Artemisia marries Ciro.



  • A new edition by Michael Burden is underway for the Collecetd Works of Stradella [1]