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It was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 14 September 1782. It became very successful, being produced under different names, in different languages, and in numerous European cities. For instance, it was performed as Le nozze di Dorina, with inserted arias by Giovanni Battista Viotti, for the opening of the Théâtre de Monsieur in Paris on 6 January 1791. The work also accumulated music composed by Pasquale Anfossi, Antonio Salieri, and Stephen Storace in addition to the composer himself.
|Cast||Voice type||Premiere, September 14, 1782|
|Count Belfiore||bass||Giovanni Marliani|
|Countess Belfiore||soprano||Angela Marzorati|
|Masotto, steward to the Count and Countess, in love with Dorina||tenor||Antonio Palmini|
|Dorina. a serving maid||soprano||Nancy Storace|
|Titta, servant to the Count, also pursuing Dorina||baritone||Francesco Benucci|
|Mingone, the gardener, likewise interested in Dorina||tenor||Giuseppe Lolli|
|Livietta, the Countess's maid||soprano||Vittoria Moreschi Balzani|
The opera has a story similar to Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro involving complex intrigues between a pair of jealous, quarrelling aristocrats and their servants.
- For a detailed discussion of this borrowing, see Daniel E. Freeman, Mozart in Prague (Minneapolis: Bearclaw, 2013), 222-24.
- Warwick Lister, Amico: The Life of Giovanni Battista Viotti, p. 147. (Oxford, 1992) ISBN 978-0-19-537240-3.
- "Sarti, Giuseppe" in 'The New Grove Dictionary of Opera', ed. Stanley Sadie, vol. 4, p. 185. (London, 1992) ISBN 0-333-73432-7.