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Signor Bruschino 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 known twentieth century operas, whose composers were still alive. These were by Malipiero (Sette Canzoni) and Dallapiccola (Il prigioniero).

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.

Performance DatesSignor Bruschino 1969

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