Mozart's La finta giardiniera
A performance given at Glyndebourne of Mozart's early comic opera La finta giardiniera, with music director Robin Ticciati conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Don Anchise (Il Podesta).....Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (tenor)
La Marchesa Violante.....Christiane Karg (Soprano)
Arminda.....Nicole Heaston (Soprano)
Count Belfiore.....Joel Prieto (Tenor)
Ramiro.....Rachel Frenkel (Mezzo-soprano)
Serpetta.....Joelle Harvey (Soprano)
Nardo (Roberto).....Gyula Orendt (Baritone)
Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment
Robin Ticciati (Conductor)
To start the new Opera on 3 season, a performance from Glyndebourne of Mozart's La finta Giardiniera. Written when he was only 18, Mozart based La finta Giardiniera on Goldoni's play Pamela nubile and was only his second comic opera. The story follows seven characters in search of love, involving disguise, and recognition of both identities and emotions - trying to discover what is real and what is 'finta'. Soprano Christiane Karg stars as Violante, who is known in her disguise as Sandrina, pursued by both Belfiore, tenor Joel Prieto and Don Anchise, sung by tenor Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is conducted by Glyndebourne's new Music Director Robin Ticciati. Martin Handley presents, and during the interval discusses the opera with Mozart specialist Professor Cliff Eisen.
Photo (c) Tristram Kenton.
This production of La Finta Giardiniera was performed at Glyndebourne Festival, June - August 2014.A Glyndebourne produced podcast can be found here: http://glyndebourne.com/mozartThe following video demonstrates how the stage is transformed into the sets:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVN6Eiaz85Y&feature=youtu.be
Photo: Tristram Kenton
Arminda, the Podestà’s niece, has spurned her admirer Ramiro for a new suitor. Sandrina is distraught to discover that Arminda’s new suitor is none other than her own errant lover Belfiore. When Belfiore arrives, he recognises Sandrina as Violante, but she refuses to admit her true identity. As Arminda senses that something is awry and fears losing Belfiore to Sandrina, Ramiro’s hopes of winning Arminda back are rekindled.
Her marriage to Belfiore threatened, Arminda abandons Sandrina in a desolate place. Nardo discovers the plot and leads a search for Sandrina. Confused and terrified, Sandrina also loses her reason and runs away. The search party arrives, but the darkness causes chaos. When Ramiro appears with a light, Belfiore and Sandrina find each other and imagine
© Glyndebourne 2014