Nina (opera)

Nina, o sia La pazza per amore (Nina, or the Girl Driven Mad by Love) is an opera, described as a commedia in prosa ed in verso per musica, in two acts by Giovanni Paisiello to an Italian libretto by Giambattista (also Giovanni Battista) Lorenzi after Giuseppe Carpani's translation of Benoît-Joseph Marsollier's Nina, ou La folle par amour, set by Nicolas Dalayrac in 1786.

The work is a sentimental comedy with set numbers, recitative and spoken dialog. It is set in Italy in the 18th century.

Nina was first performed in a one act version at the Teatro del Reale Sito di Belvedere in Caserta, San Leucio on 25 June 1789. A revised two-act work was presented at the Teatro dei Fiorentini in Naples in the autumn of 1790.


  • Nina (soprano)
  • Lindoro, her lover/Un Pastore (tenor)
  • The Count, her father (bass)
  • Susanna, her companion (mezzo-soprano)
  • Giorgio, the Count’s valet (bass)
  • A musician (tenor)
  • Second musician
  • Chorus (staff and patients at the sanatorium)



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