Le gelosie villane

Le gelosie villane ("Peasant Jealousies") is a dramma giocoso in three acts by Giuseppe Sarti. The libretto was by Tommaso Grandi. It was also known as Il feudatorio, Il feudatorio burlato and I contadini bizzari. It was also set by Pasquale Anfossi.

Le gelosie villane
Dramma giocoso by Giuseppe Sarti
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Giuseppe Sarti
LibrettistTommaso Grandi
November 1776

Performance historyEdit

It was first performed at the Teatro San Samuele in Venice in November 1776. Like many of Sarti's other operas, it was extremely popular and was regularly produced during the last quarter of the 18th century. It was given at the Burgtheater in Vienna from 8 October 1777 and in Livorno from 26 December the same year. The first performance in London was at the King's Theatre on 15 April 1784.


Cast Voice type Premiere, November, 1776
The Marquis tenor
Giannina soprano
Tognino baritone
Sandrina soprano
Oliverra soprano
Nardo bass
Mengone bass
Cecchino bass


The opera is a satire about the amorous relationships between a marquis and a number of peasant girls on his estate.


  • Casaglia, Gherardo (2005). "Le gelosie villane". L'Almanacco di Gherardo Casaglia (in Italian).
  • Gelosie villane, Le by Mary Hunter, in 'The New Grove Dictionary of Opera', ed. Stanley Sadie (London, 1992) ISBN 0-333-73432-7