Una opera cómica de Donizetti de un solo acto de la que no han sobrevivido los pasajes hablados que unian los numeros cantados, pero que es una pequeña joya, magníficamente servida por el sello Opera Rara.
La romanzesca e l'uomo nero (also known as La romanziera e l'uomo nero) is a one-act farsa by Gaetano Donizetti. Domenico Gilardoni wrote the Italian libretto, probably basing it on L'homme noir (1820) by Eugene Scribe and Jean-Henri Dupin and Le coiffeur et le perruquier (1824) by Scribe, Edouard Mazères and Charles Nombret Saint-Laurent. It was composed in 1831The opera was premiered on 18 June 1831 at the Teatro del Fondo, Naples, and there was only one further performance. The words and music of the arias and ensembles have survived, but the spoken dialogue has been lost. The opera's music was performed in 1982 at the Camden Festival, and in Fermo in 1988. In November 2000, staged performances took place in Rovigo with dialogue re-created by Michele Zurletti from the Scribe plays on which the opera was based.
Of this work Ashbrook writes "The plot is a satire on Romanticism: in the rondo-finale Antonina assures her father that she will give up willows, cypresses, urns and ashes, and take up more appropriate pursuits like singing and dancing and going to the opera." He also points out that Filidoro's canzonetta is a parody of the Gondolier's song from Rossini's Otello.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 18 June 1831|
|The Count (il Conte)||bass||Gennaro Ambrosini|
|Antonina, his daughter||soprano||Luigia Boccabadati|
|Chiarina, his niece||mezzo-soprano||Marietta Gioia-Tamburini|
|Fedele, hoping to marry Chiarina||tenor||Francesco Salvetti|
|Carlino, the son of a friend of the Count||tenor||Lorenzo Lombardi|
|Filidoro, the man in black (l'uomo nero)||baritone||Antonio Tamburini|
|Tommaso, his uncle||bass||Gennaro Luzio|
|Trappolina, Antonia's governess||soprano||Anna Manzi-Salvetti|
|Giappone, the Count's majordomo||bass||Tauro|
|Nicola, a servant||bass|