Ginevra di Scozia

Ginevra di Scozia is an opera in two acts by Simon Mayr set to an Italian libretto by Gaetano Rossi based on Antonio Salvi's Ginevra, principessa di Scozia, which in turn was adapted from cantos 5 and 6 of Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. Ginevra di Scozia premiered on 21 April 1801 at the Regio Teatro Nuovo in Trieste to celebrate the inauguration of the new theatre. The story is virtually identical to that of Handel's Ariodante which shares the same source for the libretto.


Role Voice type Premiere cast[1]
21 April 1801
Ginevra, daughter of the King of ScotlandsopranoTeresa Bertinotti
Ariodante, an Italian soldier prince, betrothed to Ginevrasoprano castratoLuigi Marchesi
Polinesso, Duke of Albany, Ariodante's rivaltenorGiacomo David
Dalinda, attendant on Ginevra, secretly in love with PolinessosopranoAngiola Pirovani-Bianchi
Re di Scozia, King of Scotlandbass
Lurcanio, Ariodante's brothertenorGaetano Bianchi
Vafrino, Ariodante's squiretenorPietro Righi
Gran Solitario, a hermitbass




  1. Premiere cast from Casaglia


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