| 6 February 1760|
| Niccolò Piccinni|
| Il filosofo di campagna, Il finto turco, Il mondo della luna, Lo speziale, La finta semplice|
La buona figliuola (The Good-Natured Girl or The Accomplish'd Maid), or La Cecchina (Cecchina), is an opera buffa in three acts by Niccolò Piccinni. The libretto, by Carlo Goldoni, is based on Samuel Richardson's novel Pamela. This was Piccinni's most successful Italian opera. There was a sequel entitled La buona figliuola maritata (1761) by the same composer and librettist. La buona figliuola supposta vedova by Gaetano Latilla followed in 1766.
La buona figliuola Wikipedia
It was first performed at the Teatro delle Dame, Rome on 6 February 1760 with an all male cast. It was given in London at the King's Theatre on 25 November 1766 with Gaetano Guadagni, Savi, Lovattini, Morigi, Quercioli, Piatti, and Michele; and at Covent Garden in English as The Accomplish'd Maid on 3 December 1866. It was revived as La Cecchina (with alterations) on 7 February 1928 in Bari (the composer's native city), as part of a celebration of the bicentenary of Piccinni's birth.
This opera is said to have been performed by Jesuits in China in 1778, namely at the court of the Qianlong Emperor.
The marquis of Conchiglia has fallen in love with Cecchina who is a maid. Shocked by the social impropriety of such a match, Cavaliere Armidoro, the fiancé of the marquis's sister, refuses to marry Lucinda. Distraught over losing the man she loves, Lucinda begs the marquis to stop seeing Cecchina. Meanwhile, Cecchina has several problems of her own, including Mengotto, a poor man who is infatuated with her and won't leave her alone, and Sandrina and Paoluccia, two jealous maids who try to cause as much trouble for Cecchina as they can. After many plot twists, the opera ends well when Tagliaferro, a German soldier, reveals that Cecchina is in fact the daughter of a German baron, which enables Cecchina to marry the Marchese without upsetting Armidoro.
Piccinni: La Cecchina, ossia La buona figliuola - Orchestra Serenissima Pro ArteConductor: Bruno Campanella
Principal singers: Alessandra Ruffini, Bruno Pratico, Maria Angeles Peters, Gabriella Morigi, Giuseppe Morino
Recording date: 8 January 2002
Label: Nuova Era 7123/25 (3 cd)
Piccinni: La buona figliola - Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di RomaConductor: Gianluigi Gelmetti
Principal singers: Lucia Aliberti, Enzo Dara, Margherita Rinaldi, Emilia Raviglia, Ugo Benelli
Recording date: 4 February 1981
Label: Fonit Cetra CDC 95 (2 cd)
Piccinni: La Cecchina, ossia La buona figliuola - La Lyra di AnfioneConductor: Vito Paternoster
Principal singers: Serena Farnocchia, Graziella Merrino, Danilo Formaggia, Eun Young Oh, Larissa Schmidt, Eugenia Pont-Burgoyne, Piero Terranova, Davude Pelissero
Recording date: 25 September 2001
Label: Bongiovanni GB 2293/94-2 (2 cd)