ROSSINI, G.: Occasione fa il ladro (L') (Schwetzingen Festival, 1992)

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L'Occasione fa il ladro
Libretto/Text Author: Prividali, Luigi

Conte Alberto: Gambill, Robert
Don Eusebio: Kale, Stuart
Don Parmenione: Carolis, Natale de
Un cocchiere: Romano, Orazio
Un locandiere: Keppeler, Paul
Un servo: Simon, Werner

Set/Stage Designer: Hampe, Michael
Costume Designer: Diappi, Carlo Maria
Stage Director: Hampe, Michael
Television Producer: Konzelmann, Gerhard
Television Director: Viller, Claus

Date of Production: 03-05-1992
Festival: Schwetzingen Festival
Venue: Rococo Theatre, Schwetzingen
Playing Time: 01:34:33
Catalogue Number: EuroArts5499
UPC: 880242549983

Synopsis

L'occasione fa il ladro is one of the five one-act operas - farsa giocosa - in which the teenage Rossini first demonstrated his operatic genius. This farce about arranged marriages, role reversals and other amorous confusions is, in musical terms, by far the most riotous of these five operatic jewels – all performed in the intricately decorated Rococo Theatre at Schwetzingen Palace. Renowned opera director Michael Hampe's sparkling production is perfectly suited to the small stage of the historic theatre. Recorded live in 1992 with an excellent cast of principals led by Susan Patterson, Robert Gambill and Natale de Carolis, and Gianluigi Gelmetti's refreshingly fast-paced leadership of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra maintains the light musical touch of this "joyous farce" while at the same time setting a benchmark for the reading of these tiny gems among Rossini's operas.

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