Wolf-Ferrari: La Vedova Scaltra

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Wolf-Ferrari: La Vedova Scaltra



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1st Sept 2008




2 hours 19 minutes


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Wolf-Ferrari: La Vedova Scaltra

Libretto by Mario Ghisalberti after the play by Carlo Goldoni

Anne-Lise Sollied, Maurizio Muraro, Emanuele D’Aguanno, Mark Milhofer, Riccardo Zanellato & Elena Rossi

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Karl Martin (conductor) & Massimo Gasparon (director)

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Wolf-Ferrari’s comic opera La vedova scaltra (The Cunning Widow), is among the works he based on plays by Goldoni. It matches closely the conventions of 18th-century opera buffa in its witty if sceptical look at the mechanisms governing the interplay of human relations. Four hopeful suitors vie for the hand of Rosaura, the cunning widow of the title, who disguises herself to meet each wooer, eventually choosing the only one who can demonstrate his sincerity.

This production, filmed live at the Teatro La Fenice in February 2007 in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Goldoni in Venice in 1707, is the first to appear on DVD.

Director Massimo Gasparon’s strikingly colourful sets and costumes capture the Venetian flavour of this spirited work.

Maurizio Mauraro was praised recently by Classical Voice for his “fine acting and singing”

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: La Vedova Scaltra (The Cunning Widow)

Act I: Damigella bruna e bella (Monsieur, Il Conte, Milord, Don Alvaro, Arlecchino)

Act I: Et comme ca j'ai fini (Marionette, Rosaura)

Act I: Con grazia se pol entrar? (Arlecchino, Rosaura, Marionette, Milord)

Act I: I miei complimenti, signora Rosaura (Il Conte, Rosaura, Milord, Marionette)

Act I: Oh! Marionette! - Monsieur Le Bleau! (Monsieur, Marionette, Il Conte, Rosaura)

Act I: Ma… Monsieur (Rosaura, Monsieur)

Act I: Ma che son questi suoni? (Rosaura, Chorus, Marionette, Don Alvaro, A Servant of Don Alvara)

Act II: Arlecchino? - Monsu? (Monsieur, Arlecchino, Il Conte, Folleto, Milord, Birif, Don Alvara)

Act II: Nella notturna selva (Rosaura)

Act II: Signora c'e un valletto (Marionette, Rosaura, Arlecchino, Folletto)

Act II: Giusto cielo! Chi e questo? (Marionette, Birif, Rosaura, Arlecchino)

Act II: E non vuole parlare! (Il Conte, Milord, Birif, Folletto)

Act II: O Rosaura non sa le convenienze (Don Alvaro, Arlecchino)

Act II: Questa parrucca pero (Monsieur, Arlecchino)

Act II: Monsieur Arlecchino che fate voi? (Marionette, Arlecchino, Chorus)

Act III: Ascolta, Marionette, il mio progetto (Rosaura, Marionette, Monsieur, Don Alvaro)

Act III: Caffe - Eh! Non occorre! (Il Conte, Milord, Rosaura)

Act III: Monsieur Le Bleau m'e fuggito (Don Alvaro, Arlecchino, Marionette, Rosaura)

Act III: Che vai dicendo, che non t'indendo? (Il Conte, Arlecchino, Rosaura, Marionette)

Act III: Nel palazzo di Rosaura (Chorus, Marionette)

Act III: Signori miei, vo' farvi un discorsetto (Rosaura, Marionette, chorus, Conte, Don Alvaro, Milord, Monsieur, Arlecchino)

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