Marietta Marcolini: Rossini's First Muse

Teatro della Grancia

Saturday, August 29, 2015, h 19.00




Mezzosoprano Teresa Iervolino

Piano Davide Cavalli



Gioachino Rossini

Ciro in Babilonia

"Oh delle mie pene... T'abbraccio, ti stringo"


Gioachino Rossini

La pietra del paragone

"Se l'itale contrade... Se per voi le care io torno"


Gioachino Rossini


"Alma rea! il più infelice"


Franz Liszt

Années de pèlerinage

Première année: Suisse

"Vallée d'Oberman"


Gioachino Rossini

L'italiana in Algeri

"Cruda sorte"


Gioachino Rossini

L'italiana in Algeri

"Pensa alla patria"



In the years of his first successes in theaters of Northern Italy, Rossini had the artistic, and perhaps emotional support of the Florentine contralto Marietta Marcolini. An artist popular for her vocal abilities and theatrical talents she preferred roles “en travesti”, while not excluding the interpretation of female characters. For her, Rossini created the roles of Ernestina in "Equivoco stravagante", the protagonist in "Ciro in Babilonia", Clarice in "La Pietra del Paragone", Sigismondo in the opera of that name and above all Isabella in "L'Italiana in Algieri", the quintessence of those "Italian women”, glib and cunning and well-versed in the arts of seduction. The persona of Marcolini was instrumental in the evolution of the early style of Rossini, prior to the Neapolitan period, which was dominated by the figure of Isabella Colbran.
After her resounding personal success in the first edition of the Festival, Teresa Iervolino returns to Solo Belcanto with Davide Cavalli to revive the myth of Rossini's first muse with a selection of the most beautiful arias from the operas mentioned above.  Most recently the mezzo-soprano from Irpinia has been invited to the Rossini Opera Festival and will debut in August 2015, just days before her presence in Montisi, as Lucia in "Gazza Ladra", an appropriate recognition to one of the best young bel canto singers of today.