New England Conservatory presents the American premiere of the new Critical Edition of Rossini's comic opera La Gazzetta, featuring the world premiere of the newly discovered Act I quintet.
Falling between the much better known Il barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola in Rossini's output, the opera's deliciously complicated plot involves two young women, their lovers, and their fathers, all residents of the same hotel. The ambitious and self-important Don Pomponio advertises in the "gazette" of the opera's title, seeking a husband for his flirtatious daughter Lisetta, who is already in love with Filippo. Anselmo, father of Doralice, takes a more conventional route to finding a suitable husband for his own daughter. And here you have the five characters who sing with and across each other in an intoxicating quintet.
Joseph Rescigno, Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor of Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee conducts, NEC Chair of Opera Studies Joshua Major directs, with an all-student orchestra and cast, singing in Italian with English surtitles.
Philip Gossett, co-editor of the edition and general editor of the Rossini and Verdi critical editions project, will consult on the production, and will deliver a pre-performance lecture at 7pm to kick off this opening night performance.
The cast on April 6 and 8 features Artist Diploma in Opera singer Jaime Korkos as Doralice. The cast on April 7 and 9 features Artist Diploma in Opera Soyoung Park as Lisetta.
costume sketch for Lisetta by Katherine Stebbins
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