About the opera

La Gazzetta is the only comic opera written by Rossini for the Neapolitan theatre. What's more, it was done so in haste after the premiere of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the fire at Teatro San Carlo and the composition of a cantata for the marriage of the daughter of the king of Naples to the duke of Berry!

La Gazzetta was also the first occasion on which Rossini drew inspiration from a play by Goldoni and used the Neapolitan dialect for the principal role.

It should also be emphasised that the opera as it's going to be presented on our stage will be a world premiere! "A quintet", recently identified as belonging to act I of La Gazzetta, lay dormant in a library for many years...

It was not until after some long-drawn-out research that the American musicologist Philip Gossett restored it to its "rightful place".

In this opera Rossini, like Balzac or Maupassant during the same period, was quick to cast opprobrium on the press and its involvement in daily life. It's not for nothing that the press is nicknamed the fourth power today...