L'incognita perseguitata (Anfossi, Pasquale)



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French Version (1781)

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Language French
Translator Unknown?
Publisher. Info. Paris: de la Chevardière, n.d.(1784?).
Reprinted Paris: Pierre Leduc, n.d.
Misc. Notes At least on (my) Mac, tends to color-crash the computer if opened in a less robust PDF-viewer, so one suggests opening in something like Adobe (or GIMPS?) rather than Preview. This is, one guesses, a 2nd version of the opera written for France rather than a translation (even allowing that it is sometimes very difficult to draw a dividing line)-- especially given that a separate premiere date is given...
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Italian Version (1773)

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Publisher. Info. Reggio: Davolio, 1775.
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General Information

Work Title L'incognita perseguitata ; L'inconnue persécutée, comédie-opèra en trois actes
Alternative. Title Matilde ritrovata ; Opera buffa ; La Giannetta ; Dramma giocoso in musica
Composer Anfossi, Pasquale
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 Acts
(French version, 1781)
  • Act I.
(3 movements, includes a more lightly-scored Allegretto)
Scene I (Fabrice, bass-baritone). Toujours mon cœur infidelle
Recitative (Fabrice). Mais j'apperçois Zerbine
Scene II (Fabrice, bass-baritone; Zerbine, alto?)
Recitative - Allegro giocoso (Zerbine)
Recitative (Fabrice, Zerbine): traitre en vain tu vas méchapper
peine cruelle! - Je la voue'
Scene III (le Chevalier, tenor; Laurette, soprano)
Andante - Larghetto - Rec. - Larghetto - Rec.
Me faites-vous toujours? (Chevalier)
Vous oublies mon état et le votre (Laurette)
Scene IV (Le Baron (basse-taille?), Laurette, Le Chevalier et Fabrice; Paysans et Paysannes)
Oui mes enfans (Baron)
Quel jour heureux (Laurette)
nous quel jour heureux
(Chœur, Laurette)
Rec. quel jour, O mes enfans (Baron)
Scene V (Le Baron, Laurette).
Recitative (continues): Et vous dont les soins vigilans (Baron)
ah! pour un si bon maître (Laurette)
Allegretto: un attrait invincible (Baron)
Rec. - Andante grazioso - Rec. -
Scene VI (Baron, Laurette, Le Chevalier)
enfin vos ordres son remplis (Chevalier)
Scene VII - Finale I. (Zerbine, Fabrice, and the preceding)
Allegretto gracioso. venes voir dans le village, les plaisirs ce beau jour (Laurette, Zerbine)
  • Act II.
Scene I (Florival, the Baron's other son, brother to le Chevalier)
Larghetto, with récit segments
Aria (Allegro - Cantabile - Andante): ou vais je et dans ce jour que faut il que j'espère
Scene II (Fabrice et Florival)
Parles que cherches vous ici
Connaissez vous certain objet aimable Laurette est son nom
Scene III (Fabrice seul)
en l'écoutant la pitié la plus tendre
Scene IV (Fabrice; le Chevalier)
Allegro. Allegro commodo - Larghetto
Récit. (Allegro vivace): o ciel on mien[?] séparé (Chevalier)
Scene V (Fabrice)
Récit. Allegro vivace: Fort bien me voilà son complice moi son rival
Scene VI (Zerbine)
Allegro - [Récit] - Allegro - Récitativ): Ah le perfide
Scene VII (Laurette)
Récit? - Allegro commodo - [Récit.]: Qu'ai-je lu cher époux
Scene VIII (Fabrice, Laurette)
[Récit.]: Laurette qu'avé [?] vous
Finale, Scene IX (Laurette, Zerbine, Fabrice, Le Baron)
Allegro con moto: Ciel je tremble (Laurette)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1772-73
First Performance. 1773 January 9 - Rome - Teatro delle Dame
1781 September 21 (as l'Inconnue persécutée), Paris, l'Académie Royale de Musique
First Publication. 1775 (libretto only?) (possibly earlier)
1784 ca. (full score, French version)
Librettist Giuseppe Petrosellini after Carlo Goldoni
Language Italian
Dedication Maria Theresia of Austria (1773 version)
Madame la Duchesse de Polignac (1781 version)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Classical
Instrumentation Voices, chorus, orchestra Flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, trumpets, strings

Misc. Comments

Fabrice was premiered/created by M. Moreau, who also created roles in Piccinni's Didon and other works. Zerbine seems to have been premiered (in the 1781 version) by a member of Nicolas Audinot's family, but it is unclear offhand which one, and the voice type is not given for these roles in the score (though it can be sometimes inferred from the scoring and from the other rôles taken by the creators, when known.) Le chevalier was created in this version by tenor (occasionally haute-contre, though??) Laînez (Étienne Lainez, 1753-1822) and Laurette by soprano Antoinette Saint-Huberty (1756-1812). Le Baron given as created by M. Cheron, perhaps "Augustin-Athanase Chéron", 1760-1829, basse-taille, also of the Académie. - ES

Roles in the original (1773), per score of one of the acts (Worldcat link) in BNF:

Giannetta (Ut 1), Nannina (Ut 1), Asdrubale (Ut 4), Fabrizio (Fa 4), Barone (Fa 4), Ernesto (Ut 1), Clarice (Ut 1). Scoring: Vl 2, vla, b, fl 2, ob 2, cor 2, tr 2, bc.

In fact, the whole 556pp. original (ms, not publication, I think) has been uploaded by BNF here, wouldn't you know it...