Aria: Servi gente

Composer: Donizetti Gaetano

Opera: Il giovedì grasso

Role: Teodoro (Tenor)

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Alma soave e cara. Riccardo. Maria di Rohan. DonizettiAh perchè dirmi crudel. Crispo. Fausta. DonizettiUna furtiva lagrima. Nemorino. L'elisir d'amore. DonizettiFra poco a me ricovero. Edgardo. Lucia di Lammermoor. DonizettiQuanto è bella, quanto è cara. Nemorino. L'elisir d'amore. DonizettiAh! mes amis, quel jour de fête!...Pour mon âme. Tonio. La fille du régiment. DonizettiDalle piume in cui giacea. Fernando. Il furioso all'isola di San Domingo. DonizettiOui, ta voix m'inspire (Si, che un tuo solo accento). Fernand (Ferdinand). La favorite. DonizettiRecit...Cerchero lontana terra...E se fia. Ernesto. Don Pasquale. DonizettiPerche Gemma. Tamas. Gemma di Vergy. Donizetti
Il giovedì grasso is a farsa in one act by Gaetano Donizetti, from a libretto by Domenico Gilardoni. The literal translation of the title is "Fat Thursday", a reference to Carnival celebration. The libretto was adapted from the French comedies Monsieur de Pourceaugnac by Molière and Le nouveau Pourceaugnac by Charles-Gaspard Delestre-Poirson and Eugène Scribe. The opera uses spoken dialogue rather than recitatives, and the buffo role is given in the Neapolitan language. The work premiered at the Teatro del Fondo in Naples on 26 February 1829.
The lovers Nina and Teodoro are in despair since Nina is promised to another man, Ernesto. Their friend Sigismondo (who is mistakenly jealous of his wife Camilla) concocts a scheme to help the lovers. Inspired by Molière's Monsieur de Pourceaugnac, Sigismondo proposes that he and his wife will dress up as on "Fat Thursday". Then they will play tricks on Ernesto, whom they believe to be a mere simpleton, so that he will flee in confusion. Sigismondo will pose as a friend from Ernesto's past, and Camilla, as a former lover betrayed by Ernesto. When Ernesto arrives, he happens to learn of the scheme, and decides to turn the tables on the others. Pretending to be deceived, he treats Sigismondo as an old friend and treats Camilla as his former lover, which confirms Sigismondo in his misplaced suspicions. Only when Nina's father the Colonel is back does Ernesto confess to everyone that he, the supposed simpleton, has outwitted them. Ernesto consents to the wedding of Nina and Teodoro, Sigismondo promises never to be jealous again, and all praise the carnival season.
1961 James Loomis (bass), Bruna Rizzoli (sop), Rodolfo Malacarne (ten), Nestore Catalani (bar), Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana (Edwin Loehrer) Audio CD Nuovo Era (Membran) 232585 (released 2009)