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RossiniHis Life and Works$
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Richard Osborne

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.001.0001

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Arrival in Naples (1815–1816):

Arrival in Naples (1815–1816):

Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra; La gazzetta

(p.223) Chapter Twenty-Five Arrival in Naples (1815–1816):

Richard Osborne

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The subject for Gioachino Rossini’s first Naples opera was shrewdly chosen. The Bourbon monarchy had been newly restored; Anglophilia was in the air. The tale of an English monarch who defeats would-be rebels and binds the wounds of her people with striking acts of clemency could hardly have been more timely. It also suited the San Carlo’s prima donna assoluta, Isabella Colbran. A specialist in royal roles, she had played Queen Elizabeth in Stefano Pavesi’s Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra three years earlier. There are phrases and ideas in Elisabetta which can be traced back to earlier pieces. Contrary to popular supposition, Elisabetta is a work which bequeaths as much as it borrows. This was not the case with La gazzetta, the frolicsome dramma buffo which Rossini wrote for the Teatro dei Fiorentini in Naples in the summer of 1816.

Keywords:   Gioachino Rossini, Naples, Anglophilia, Isabella Colbran, Queen Elizabeth, Elisabetta, La gazzetta

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