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.

Performance historyEdit

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


See synopsis of the Haydn opera.

See alsoEdit


  • Hunter, Mary (1992), 'Vera costanza, La (i)' in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, ed. Stanley Sadie (London) ISBN 0-333-73432-7