Il matrimonio segreto

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Il matrimonio segreto ("The Secret Marriage") is a dramma giocoso in two acts, music by Domenico Cimarosa, on a libretto by Giovanni Bertati.

The original text

Based on the 1766 play The Clandestine Marriage by George Colman the Elder and David Garrick. It was first performed on 7 February 1792 at the Imperial Hofburg Theatre in Vienna in the presence of Emperor Leopold II.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1933: Performed by students of the South African College of Music, produced by Guiseppe Paganelli in the Little Theatre.

1966: Presented by CAPAB Opera.


Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

Alexandra Xenia Sabina Mossolow. 2003. The career of South African soprano Nellie du Toit, born 1929. Unpublished Masters thesis. University of Stellenbosch.

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