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Through the friendly interposition of the Marquis Cavalli, his first opera, La cambiale di matrimonio ( The Marriage Contract ), was produced at Venice when he was a youth of 18 years. Two years before this he had already received the prize at the Conservatorio of Bologna for his cantata Il pianto d'Armonia sulla morte d'Orfeo . Between 1810 and 1813 at Bologna, Rome, Venice and Milan, Rossini produced operas of varying success, most notably La pietra del paragone and Il signor Bruschino , with its brilliant and unique overture. In 1813, Tancredi and L'italiana in Algeri were even bigger successes, and catapulted the 20-year-old composer to international fame.

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Outside the US, the opera has been staged several times. It was produced in Florence in 1982 in Calisto Bassi's Italian version, starring Katia Ricciarelli and contralto Martine Dupuy, and under the direction of Pier Luigi Pizzi . The same production was given in Genoa , where the original French version was produced in 1992 starring Luciana Serra .

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Leydi. Guida alla mus. popolare in Italia, 1: Forme (AL 4)
Leydi, Roberto. Guida alla musica popolare in Italia, 1. Forme e strutture. A cura di Roberto Leydi.
Alia Musica, 4. Lucca, 1996. 8º, 220 pp. Wrappers. $27 [item ]



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