The Secret Marriage


The Secret Marriage

Carolina is secretly married to her father’s clerk, Paolino. They want their marriage to be accepted by her father, a wealthy merchant, so they plot to marry off Carolina’s older sister Elisetta to Count Robinson, Paolino’s former employer. This connection with nobility would make her father extremely happy. Unfortunately, when the Count arrives, he falls in love with Carolina and refuses to marry Elisetta. And a further complication occurs when Fidalma, the girls’ widowed aunt, reveals that she is in love with Paolino and intends to marry him. Much scheming, amorous intrigue, and silliness ensue.

Il matrimonio segreto by Domenico Cimarosa premiered a few months after the death of W. A. Mozart and was considered to be one of the finest comic operas of the 18th century. Indeed, at its premiere, the emperor was so entranced that he invited the cast to dinner and then requested the opera be encored in its entirety, the longest encore in history! The UALR production will be set in England in the 1920s, inspired in part by Downton Abbey. It will be performed in English translation with dialogue, instead of being sung throughout.

The program will be held in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Building on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. General admission is $15.00; $5.00 for students. For General admission tickets go to

UALR Faculty, Staff & Students can get one free ticket with ID.

For more information, please call the Department of Music at (501) 569-3294

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