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La Canterina (The Songstress)

Opera Buffa in Two Acts

By Franz Joseph Haydn

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Mixed chorus Don Pelagio, music director - Tenor, Gasparina, songstress - Soprano
Opera Buffa in Two Acts. Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Edited by Karl Geiringer. Opera. Voice and piano. With Standard notation. 96 pages. Theodore Presser Company #411-41079. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.411410790).

Item Number: PR.411410790

ISBN 1491109882. Key: D major. Text: Karl Geiringer.

A delightful 2-Act, 40-minute comic romp penned in 1766 at the beginning of Haydn's artistic career. Originally meant to be an "Intermezzo" given during intermissions of a three-act serious opera, it later stood on its own as an "opera buffa." It has four singing roles: Gasparina (The Songstress), a soprano; Apollonia (her stage-mother), a soprano or tenor; Don Pelagio ( Gasparina's music teacher ), a tenor: and Don Ettore (Gasparina's young lover ), a soprano. It also has a few non-singing roles which are not mentioned in the dramatis personae: A Baliff and some Porters, all of whom appear at the beginnning of Act II.

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