Rosinda, also known as La Rosinda, is an opera in three acts and a prologue by the Italian composer Francesco Cavalli with a libretto by Giovanni Faustini. It was first performed at the Teatro Sant 'Apollinare, Venice in 1651-02 during Carnival. It appears to have been better received than La Calisto, which was also premiered that year, and was revived in Naples and/or Florence in 1653 under the title Le magie amorose.

Its first revival in modern times was in a performing version by Jane Glover for the Oxford University Opera Club with the libretto translated into English by Anne Ridler.[1] Glover conducted the production at the Oxford Playhouse in 1973. The opera was performed in 2008 in Germany (Potsdam and Bayreuth) with Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli in the title role.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 1651-02
(Conductor: – )
Aurilla soprano
Cillena soprano
Clitofonte tenor
Meandro bass
Nerea soprano
Plutone bass
Proserpina soprano
Rosinda soprano
Rudione bass
Thisandro bass
Vafrillo soprano


Cavalli's autograph score is preserved in the Biblioteca Marciana.[1]


There is a recording directed by Mike Fentross related to the 2008 touring production. It was released on Ludi Musici.


An aria ("Vieni, vieni in questo seno") is included in L'Arpeggiata's Cavalli compilation L'Amore Innamorato (Erato, 2015).


  1. ^ a b Glover, Jane. “Cavalli and 'Rosinda'”. The Musical Times, vol. 114, no. 1560, 1973, pp. 133–135. Accessed via JSTOR (subscription required), . Accessed 5 Sept. 2020.

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