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Comic opera: 'The Secret Marriage'

September 24, 2012

'The Secret Marriage' is considered one of the greatest 18th century comic operas. Colorado State University's Ralph Opera Center and the Colorado State Sinfonia Orchestra collaborate to perform this frolicking, hysterically funny, and vividly costumed opera-play.

Timeless, comic opera

The Ralph Opera Center and the Colorado State Sinfonia Orchestra present Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage) by Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801).

The performance is being directed by Tiffany Blake, and conducted by Leon Burke.

Performance location/dates

All performances will be held in Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington Street.

  • Saturday, October 27, 7:30 p.m
  • Friday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday November 4, 2 p.m.

Love triangles, romantic intrigue

The Secret Marriage premiered on February 7, 1792, in Vienna. At the end of the performance, Emperor Leopold II ordered an immediate encore of the entire opera.

Based on the play, "The Clandestine Marriage," by George Colman the Elder and David Garrick, this opera, in two acts, tells the light-hearted tale of love triangles and romantic intrigue in 18th century Bologna.


Carolina and Paolino want to be openly married, so they plot to marry off Carolina's older sister Elisetta to appease a strict father. As it turns out, there's more than one woman in love with Paolino!

It all starts innocently enough. Paolino works for Geronimo, and is in love with his daughter Carolina. So they do what seems sensible to them, and secretly marry.

It probably would have worked out fine, except that Carolina's aunt Fidalma is in love with Paolino. And when the man betrothed to Elisetta arrives, he falls in love with Carolina. Much scheming, amorous intrigue, and silliness ensue.

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Sung in Italian with English supertitles.


Tickets are $10/CSU Students, $1/youth (2 – 17), and $20/adult.

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Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603