MOZART, W.A.: Finta Giardiniera (La) (Salzburg Festival, 2006)

MOZART, W.A.: Finta Giardiniera (La) (Salzburg Festival, 2006)


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La finta giardiniera, K. 196
Libretto/Text Author: Petrosellini, Giuseppe
Conductor: Bolton, Ivor

Don Anchise: Graham Hall, John
Violante Onesti: Reinprecht, Alexandra

Set/Stage Designer: Lepel, Bernd
Costume Designer: Lepel, Bernd
Lighting Designer: Boeshenz, Georg
Choreographer: Vollack, Beate
Stage Director: Dorrie, Doris
Television Director: Meth, Agnes

Date of Production: 2006
Festival: Salzburg Festival
Venue: Salzburger Landestheater
Playing Time: 02:23:00
Catalogue Number: A04001446


Belfiore believes he has killed his betrothed, Violante, in a fit of
jealousy. He flees in panic - which does not prevent him from falling for Arminda, who then spurns her admirer Ramiro in favor of Belfiore. Violante, meanwhile, searches for her lover with her servant Roberto. Under a false name, she takes a post as gardener on the estate of Don Anchise; her servant passes himself off as her cousin. While Anchise pursues Violante, Roberto romances the maid. The labyrinth of pursuit and deception becomes completely entangled when Belfiore, his new conquest Arminda and her persistent admirer Ramiro turn up on the estate...

The Mozart 22 production of La finta giardiniera was placed in the hands of Doris Dorrie, a noted filmmaker and, more recently, director of controversial opera productions. Asked why she set the work in a garden center, Dorrie replied: "It's a market of emotions! The plants represent feelings, the garden is our little paradise. We all have the same dream, which is why we buy so much equipment, chemicals, even weapons to keep our garden under control. It must be kept in its boundaries, for just as an uncontrolled garden can mutate into a wild jungle, so can uncontrolled emotions, proliferating like wild plants, become dangerous to us."

The rousing musical underpinnings of this irreverent production are
provided by the Mozarteum Orchestra under its principal conductor Ivor
Bolton, who has made a name for himself as champion of authentic and
spirited interpretations of Handel, Monteverdi, Gluck and, of course,
Mozart. In this performance of La finta giardiniera, Bolton makes it clear that the real dramatic development in this early work is to be found in Mozart's music.

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