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The Operas of Alessandro Scarlatti, Volume VII: Gli Equivoci nel Sembiante

The Operas of Alessandro Scarlatti, Volume VII: Gli Equivoci nel Sembiante

Edited by Frank A. D'Accone

ISBN 9780674640337

Publication date: 05/26/1982

This acclaimed edition is making available authentic versions of the works of a key figure in the history of opera.

Gli Equivoci nel Sembiante (1679), Alessandro Scarlatti’s first opera, is a comedy of mistaken identities and amorous intrigues in the pastoral mode. It was one of the most popular and widely performed works of the composer’s long career. A small cast and simple scenic requirements make it an ideal work for performances today.

In preparing the score presented here, Frank A. D’Accone compared the six extant manuscripts. His Introduction sketches the opera’s history and discusses performance practice. A translation of the libretto is appended.


  • For the study of the history of music, the most important event of the 1970s has been the start of a critical edition of Alessandro Scarlatti’s operas, under the direction of Donald Jay Grout.

    —Charles Rosen, New York Review of Books


  • Frank A. D’Accone is Professor of Music at the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Donald Jay Grout is Given Foundation Professor of Musicology, Emeritus, at Cornell University.

Book Details

  • 9-7/16 x 12-3/16 inches
  • Harvard University Department of Music
  • By (composer) Alessandro Scarlatti
  • General editor Donald Jay Grout