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Rossini : Adina

Roma, 1991 (Audio)

Director: Evelino Pido

  • Rockwell Blake
  • Ramon Vargas
  • Roberto Frontali
  • Alessandra Ruffini
  • Alfonso Antoniozzi

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    Alessandra Ruffini
    Adina was commissioned in 1818 by Diego Ignazio de Pina Manique, police superintendent of Lisbon and inspector of Portuguese theatres.
    The plot is very similar to that of Francesco Basili's 1819 opera, Il califfo e la schiava, for which the libretto was written by Felice Romani, and some passages occur in both librettos - a mystery which has not yet been unravelled.

    The opera was intended as a gift for a now unknown soprano who had apparently enthralled the superintendent with her performances at Sao Carlos.
    The contract Rossini made was for a quick completion of the work, and the opera was finished in 1818, but, as a result of this time constraint, not all of the music in the opera is entirely original.
    Rossini composed anew only four of the work's nine numbers: the Introduction, the disarming Cavatina for Adina "Fragolette fortunate" (Lucky little strawberries), the Quartet, and the Finale; for three others he turned to his own Sigismondo of 1814; the remaining two were written by a collaborator.

    Rossini did not write an overture for the opera because no overture was specified in the contract, and he took little interest in the project.There is no apparent explanation for the eight-year gap between completion and first performance.

    After the opera's initial première it was not revived again until 1963, when it was performed at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena.

    Music historians have noted that the music of Adina is of slightly more serious nature than what is typical of other one-act operas of its time, especially one designated a "farsa". Some critics have described the opera as more of a semiserious opera in the "rescue" genre. Music critics praise the opera for avoiding pure archetypes and successfully achieving a unified style.

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