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Signor Bruschino 1969Teatro Comunale, Florence

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This three week visit to the 1969 Festival 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 known twentieth century operas, whose composers were still alive. These were by Malipiero (Sette Canzoni) and Dallapiccola (Il prigioniero).

Scottish Opera's contribution was on the Fringe - a late night double bill at the Gateway. This consisted of Robin Orr's Full Circle and the premiere of a comedy by John Purser, The Undertaker. The Music Theatre Ensemble provided  late night showings including Monteverdi (Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda) and Stravinsky (Renard). The Usher Hall programme included Giulini conducting the Verdi Messa da Requiem.

Bruschino is one of Rossini’s youthful one-act farces, and very rarely staged, which is a pity. The setting was conventional - in a formal garden attached to the big house. On this occasion, the most notable elements of the performance were the first British appearance of the young comic Claudio Desderi, and the return of the masterly buffo baritone Renato Capecchi. In most other respects this staging was rather overshadowed by the second half of the evening – Tito Gobbi starring in his own production of Gianni Schicchi. Anna di Stasio was excellent as Marianna, though Jolanda Meneguzzer was not in freshest voice as her mistress.

Perhaps it is better to play the Rossini works in pairs, as Scottish Opera did many years later with The Marriage Contract and The Silken Ladder.


Teatro Comunale, Florence at the Edinburgh Festival - 1969

The Florence company brought four programmes - two full-length operas and two double bills of shorter works. The repertoire provided a useful survey of Italian opera from Rossini's time..

The six operas were by Rossini (Il signor Bruschino); Donizetti (Maria Stuarda); Verdi (Rigoletto);  Puccini (Gianni Schicchi);  Malipiero (Sette Canzoni); Dallapiccola (Il prigioniero).

The performance schedule was:

First week, comm 25 Aug:  Mon 25 Maria Stuarda;  Tue 26 Rigoletto;  Wed 27 np;  Thu 28 Maria Stuarda;  Fri 29 Sette Canzoni & Il prigioniero;  Sat 30 Rigoletto.

Second week, comm 1 Sep:  Mon 1 Maria Stuarda;  Tue 2 np;  Wed 3 Rigoletto;  Thu 4 Il signor Bruschino & Gianni Schicchi;  Fri 5 Sette Canzoni Il prigioniero;  Sat 6 Il signor Bruschino & Gianni Schicchi.

Third week, comm 8 Sep:  Mon 8 Maria Stuarda;  Tue 9 Rigoletto;  Wed 10 Il signor Bruschino & Gianni Schicchi;  Thu 11 np;  Fri 12 Il signor Bruschino & Gianni Schicchi;  Sat 13 Rigoletto.

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