Gazzetta, La (The Newspaper)
  • Gioachino Rossini. Dramma in two acts. 1816.
  • Libretto by Giuseppe Palomba, after Il matrimonio per concorso (Marriage by Competition) by Carlo Goldoni.
  • First performance at the Teatro dei Fiorentini, Naples, on 26th September 1816.
CHARACTERS
Don Pomponio Storione basso buffo
Lisetta, his daughter soprano
Filippo, innkeeper, Lisetta’s lover bass
Doralice mezzo-soprano
Anselmo, her father bass
Alberto tenor
Madama La Rose mezzo-soprano
Monsù Traversen bass

The opera is set in Paris. Don Pomponio Storione imagines he cuts an impressive figure, but is in fact an object of ridicule. This is excited further when it turns out that he has advertised for a husband for his daughter Lisetta in the newspaper, the announcement read with amusement by Alberto, Madama La Rose and Monsù Traversen, as they walk in the pleasure gardens. Alberto has travelled the world, vainly seeking a girl with the necessary qualities to be his wife. Lisetta is in fact in love with the owner of the inn, Filippo. Alberto meets Lisetta, thinking she is the girl advertised in the newspaper, but Filippo tells him that she is his wife. Anselmo, another visitor to the inn, is also seeking a husband for his daughter Doralice. She falls in love with Alberto, who imagines her to be the daughter of Don Pomponio. Various tricks are played on Don Pomponio, including a meeting with a supposed rich Quaker, in fact Filippo in disguise, and challenges to a duel from both Filippo and Alberto. Matters are eventually brought to a head at a masked ball, during which the pairs of lovers, in Turkish disguise, are able to make their escape, to return in a final scene, when the girls beg pardon of their respective fathers.

The opera had no great success at its first performance and it has been suggested that the Neapolitan dialect of Don Pomponio, particularly in the passages of recitative, may have prevented a wider acceptance of a work that has all the characteristic elements of Rossini opera buffa, deft wit in the music, the necessary humour in the libretto, and opportunities for vocal display for the principal characters.