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La Pietra del Paragone
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Act I
Act II

Gioachino Rossini
La pietra del paragone
(The Touchstone)
Melodramma giocoso in Two Acts
Libretto by Luigi Romanelli

La Marchesa Clarice, widow, shrewd and kindhearted, who aspires to the hand of Count Asdrubale
La Baroness Aspasia & Donna Fulvia, rivals of La Marchesa, not for love, but for self-interest
Il Conte Asdrubale, rich gentleman, reluctant to take a wife, not through a positive aversion to marriage, but for the supposed difficulty to find a good woman
Il Cavalier Giocondo
Poet, friend of the Count and a modest  lover of the Marchesa Clarice, his love unreturned
Macrobio, skilled journalist, presumptuous and venal
Pacuvio, an ignorant poet
Fabrizio, majordomo and confidant of the Count
Chorus of gardeners, guests, huntsmen, soldiers


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