La Cecchina

What a delight to read this review! Absolutely stellar.

And what a fantastic cast! I have watched and heard these kids come up over the last few years. Tennekoon, Sills. . . I really could go on, amok with superlatives, but you have very nicely brought it all out in your detailed coverage. They have come so far and promise to enrich our opera for years to come!

Now I’m even more excited to see the Friday finale, which I didn’t think was possible!


Niccolò Piccinni’s La Cecchina or La buona figliuola is an opera buffa in two acts written for the Teatro delle Dame in Rome where it premiered in 1760.  The libretto is by Carlo Goldini and, while said to have been inspired by Richardson’s Pamela, is actually a fairly straightforward masters and servants story of a similar nature to Pergolesi’s La serva padrona or even Mozart’s La finta giardinera; all, of course, firmly rooted in the conventions of the commedia dell’arte.  Being written for Rome it was, originally, played by an all male cast.  Last night at Koerner Hall the Glenn Gould School Opera presented it with female singers in the high roles.

Photo: Nicola Betts Kendra Dyck as Sandrina and Asitha Tennekoon as the Marchese

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