Ballet in one act
Libretto based on an 18th century Neapolitan legend
Pimpinella, his bride
Furbo, Pulcinella’s friend
Admirers of Pulcinella:
Admirers of Rosetta and Prudenza:
Cloviello and Florindo are courting Prudenza and Rosetta, but their attention is unreciprocated. Pulcinella enters the stage and dances, enchanting Rosetta and then Prudenza. Pulcinella’s bride, Pimpinella, enters the stage, and makes it clear that she saw him dancing with the girls, but she forgives him immediately and dances with him.
Seeing Pulcinella dance with the two girls, Cloviello and Florindo attack and seemingly kill him.
Pulcinella pretends to be dead and remains lying on the floor, scaring his friend Furbo, who later finds out about his friend’s pretence. Together with Pulcinella, they come up with a revenge plan, and after they exchange their clothes, Furbo takes Pulcinella’s place under the sheet of fabric. Pimpinella finds Pulcinella’s body and leaves, crying inconsolably.
A sorcerer promises Pimpinella to resurrect him. That’s when the truth of the existence of two Pulcinellas is revealed: the true Pulcinella is the disguised sorcerer, and Furbo is the one posing as his dead body.
Pimpinella dances with him, trying to figure out which one of them is real. But she becomes more confused when Cloviello and Florindo enter, both dressed as Pulcinella, wanting to win the girls’ hearts.
With the help of the sorcerer, Pimpinella reveals their true identities and finds her real groom.
Pulcinella, with Furbo’s aid, helps the other lovers to unite.