The groom of three, and husband of none

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January 1970

The spouse of three, and husband of none, is the only funny work that Luigi Cherubini wrote for Venice. The playful drama in two acts on a libretto by Filippo Livigni successfully debuted at the San Samuele Theater in November 1783. Cherubini, at the time in his early twenties, ventured with a genre unusual for him, creating a divertissement in line with the tradition of Neapolitan school full of musical verve and panache. The action is animated by the usual swirl of deceptions, misunderstandings, hoaxes and masks for the use and consumption of characters that seem to come out of a canvas of the commedia dell'arte: the baroness Donna Lisetta and Donna Rosa, the captain Don Martino, Don Pistacchio baron of Lago Secco, Don Simone his uncle, the commoners Bettina and Folletto. Everything revolves around the unsuccessful marriage of Don Pistacchio, the promised spouse of Donna Rosa who, deceived by Don Martino, brother of Lisetta, courts both Donna Lisetta and the commoner Bettina, only to then repent in their own steps. But 'who wants too much does nothing', says an ancient proverb and Don Pistacchio, who even woo three women, in the end will not manage to impale even one.


Program and cast

Conductor: Diego Fasolis

Director: Cesare Lievi

Scenes and costumes: Luigi Perego

Lights: Gigi Saccomandi

Performers: Ruth Iniesta, René Barbera, Fabio Capitanucci, Arianna Vendittelli, Mattia Olivieri, Benedetta Torre, Giulio Mastrototaro

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First execution in Florence

Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

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