La cambiale di matrimonio (1989)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Music | TV Movie
Rossini's first staged opera already contains all the elements that would take the music world by storm in Il barbiere di Siviglia, L'italiana in Algeri and La Cenerentola in the years to ... See full summary »

Director:

Claus Viller

Writer:

Gaetano Rossi (libretto)
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Del Carlo John Del Carlo ... Sir Tobias Mill
Janice Hall Janice Hall ... Fanny
Alberto Rinaldi Alberto Rinaldi ... Slook
David Kuebler David Kuebler ... Edoardo Milford
Amelia Felle Amelia Felle ... Clarina
Carlos Feller Carlos Feller ... Norton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jolanta Mrotek Jolanta Mrotek
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Rossini's first staged opera already contains all the elements that would take the music world by storm in Il barbiere di Siviglia, L'italiana in Algeri and La Cenerentola in the years to come: melodic inventiveness, ingenious connections between sung lines and orchestral accompaniment in the exuberant finale, musical humour and ensembles using breathtakingly fast parlando singing. This sparkling production continues the Rossini one-act opera series emerging from the Schwetzingen Festival with excellent direction, acting and stagecraft. Director Michael Hampe created a perfect realization of the opera in the small, jewel-like Rococo Theatre of Schwetzingen Palace in May 1989. The staging is perfectly suited to the screen and the cast of principals, led by John Del Carlo; Janice Hall and David Kuebler provide musical excellence together with the flexible Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. The lively performance is led by Gianluigi Gelmetti, who was awarded the Rossini d'Oro Prize in ...

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Comedy | Music

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Not Rated
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Country:

West Germany

Language:

Italian

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NVC Arts See more »
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Excellent performance of an under-seen Rossini
8 January 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

La Cambiale Di Matrimonio fits under the category of not being one of Rossini's best operas(Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, William Tell and La Cenerentola) but always worth a listen or watch. And this is an excellent production of it. It isn't completely flawless, Amelia Felle is a charming actress but her colouratura didn't always seem very secure. The rest of the performances are great though, Janice Hall is just radiant, Carlos Feller is a true Rossini basso buffo in every sense, John DelCarlo is characterful and sonorous in his role and Alberto Rinaldi apart from spots of rough intonation sings with a lot of energy. The production looks beautiful and elegant, if very simple, and it is intelligently directed by Michael Hampe who brings out the comedy elements very well. The music is as ever tuneful, and stylishly performed by the orchestra and adeptly directed by Gelmetti(his experience in Rossini shows). Overall, excellent. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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