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Joseph Haydn

La Canterina

Intermezzo in Musica, Hob. XXVIII:2

Joseph Haydn’s La canterina (‘The Singing Girl’), a two-act intermezzo in musica, was one of the composer’s earliest stage works, written in 1766 soon after Prince Nikolaus Esterházy had promoted him to first Kapellmeister. The libretto, based on the third act of Niccolò Piccinni’s opera L’Origille (1760), was most likely adapted by Karl Friberth, a singer at the Esterházy Court, and was published the following year in the Pressburger Zeitung. The first documented performance was in Pressburg (Bratislava) on 16 February 1767, but the work may have been performed at Eisenstadt on 27 July the previous year, on St Anne’s Day, the name day of Maria Anna Eszterházy. By that time Pressburg was developing into an important cultural centre, with regular visits from the Viennese Habsburg Court. An Italian acting troupe under its impresario Girolamo Bon performed there regularly, and Haydn had access to additional singers as well as a set designer.

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La Canterina (Intermezzo in musica)
hh404.fsc (full score) · ISMN 979 0 708146 35 3  · ISBN 978-1-910359-48-8
hh404.voc (vocal score) · ISMN 979 0 708146 36 0
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