Il matrimonio segreto is Cimarosa's most famous opera buffa and it is one of the few comic operas to have maintained its place in the repertoire until today. At its first performance in 1792, Austrian emperor Leopold II is reputed to have liked this masterpiece so much that he ordered the musicians to play it again from the beginning!
This comic opera tells the story of Geronimo, a wealthy citizen of Bologna, who is trying to arrange aristocratic marriages for his two daughters, Carolina and Elisetta. What he doesn’t know is that his youngest daughter Carolina is already secretly married to Paolino, his young secretary. Through a series of humorous situations the young couple confess their marriage and all ends well. Giovanni Antonini conducts the Wallonie Royal Opera Orchestra for this performance of Cimarosa's two-act comic opera 'Il Matrimonio Segreto' ('The Clandestine Wedding'), recorded live at Liege in February 2008.
Il matrimonio segreto is Cimarosa's most famous opera buffa which is reputed to have won immense admiration from Emperor Leopold II at its first performance in 1792 - the Austrian Emperor liked this masterpiece so much that he ordered it to be played again from the beginning! … – Opera News
Another major release for the budget series ARTS. This is the first complete recording of the Cimarosa masterpiece, the first studio recording in DDD, the most accurate recording following the original manuscript. The only competitor in fact is an old DGG recording with a non-italian cast, only offered in certain countries and at mid to high price.