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Sette Canzoni 1969Teatro Comunale, Florence

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This visit by the opera company from Florence brought a repertoire of largely unfamiliar work, with the popular Verdi and Puccini presented with good casts that justified their inclusion. Two full-length operas were brought, Donizetti's Maria Stuarda as well as Rigoletto. There were two double bills. Gianni Schicchi was paired with a rare Rossini piece, Il signor Bruschino. There were also two little know twentieth century operas, with composers still alive. These were by Malipiero (Sette Canzoni) and Dallapiccola (Il prigioniero).

This pairing of serious works was more evenly matched than the Rossini/Puccini combination, with the same production team for both. Malipiero's piece, composed shortly after Schicchi, is an interesting work, very short (40 minutes) and very episodic, but rewarding nonetheless. In musical style it is pleasantly approachable, and comparison's were made with Vaughan Williams. It was an effective prelude to the better known Dallapiccola (Il prigioniero) that made up the second half.

Sette Canzoni offered two little cameo roles for the great Renato Capecchi, a regular visitor to Edinburgh, and a second Festival appearance for the ageless Magda Olivero. Conductor Nino Sanzogno was a valuable link to the composer, having been one of his students.

Performance DatesSette Canzoni 1969

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

29 Aug, 19.30 5 Sep, 19.30

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