La vera costanza (Anfossi)
La vera costanza ("True Constancy"), is an operatic dramma giocoso in three acts by Pasquale Anfossi. The comédie larmoyante-influenced Italian libretto was by Francesco Puttini. The opera preceded Joseph Haydn's better known setting of the same libretto by three years.
The work was first performed on 2 January 1776 at the Teatro delle Dame, Rome. It was successful and performed widely throughout Europe during the following two decades.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 2 January 1776|
(Conductor: – )
|Count Errico, secret husband of Rosina||tenor||Gioacchino Costa/Filippo Tonnini|
|Rosina, a fisherwoman abandoned by Errico||soprano castrato travesti||Pietro Tiburzj|
|Marquis Ernesto, friend of Errico||tenor||Francesco Paolo Agresta|
|Baroness Irene, Count Errico's aunt who wishes to marry Ernesto||soprano castrato travesti||Antonio Rosselli|
|Villotto, a foolish gentleman, would-be suitor for Rosina||bass||Serafino Blasi|
|Lisetta, baroness's maid||soprano castrato travesti||Domenico Bruni|
|Masino, fisherwoman, brother of Rosina||baritone or tenor||Francesco Ciaranfi|
- Hunter, Mary (1992), 'Vera costanza, La (i)' in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, ed. Stanley Sadie (London) ISBN 0-333-73432-7