Villabella, Ninetta

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(Rossini: La gazza ladra). Sop. Daughter of Fernando. She is a servant in the house of the Vingradito family, whose son, Giannetto, has fallen in love with her. When some silver cutlery is missing, her mistress accuses Ninetta of stealing it. Ninetta is observed by one of the other servants selling cutlery to a pedlar to raise money for her father (who gave her his own silver to sell). Ninetta is imprisoned and sentenced to death. On the way to her execution, she stops outside the church to pray and one of her friends climbs up the church spire and finds the missing cutlery in the pet Magpie's nest. Ninetta is set free. Arias: Di piacer mi balza il cor…Tutto sorridere (‘My heart is bounding with joy…I see everything smiling’); Deh tu reggi in tal momento il mio cor…(‘Merciful God, support my heart at this moment’). Created (1817) by Teresa Giorgi‐Belloc.

Subjects: Opera.

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