Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La finta giardiniera
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Fortunately for us, this production is supported by a very good ensemble cast.
The palm of the best singers goes to the delightful mezzo Ruxandra Donose, who portrays a fragile, long-suffering Ramiro.Read more ›
Okay, this opera is pretty much a romp and little more. However, it is a very enjoyable romp and it does contain some music which wouldn't be out of place in Così fan tutte or Les nozze di Figaro. Serpetta, played with great pizzazz and sass by Adriana Kucerová, sings the sort of Opera Buffa arias Despina, in Così fan tutte, would present to us several years later in Mozart's career. The butterfly tattoos, black boots, mobile phone, bubble gum and "colourful Goth" look work very well for Serpetta! See her on the cover of the DVD. She steals the show, by the way.
Don Anchise is played by John Graham-Hall and he reminds of the typical skirt chasing boss who always manages to take himself way too seriously and ends up looking like a buffoon.
Véronique Gens is here, too, as Arminda, an Opera Seria style role. John Mark Ainsley is also in the cast and he is in fine form and enjoying himself immensely.
Ivor Bolton conducts the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and the orchestra is in good form, although I would have preferred a sharper, punchier and more incisive sound from period instruments.
Doris Dörrie directs and the staging and concept is very entertaining and creative, without being silly. The opera is staged in the gardening section of a major department store! It works well and I actually laughed out loud more than once when I first watched this opera.
I look forward to buying others in the 2006 DG collection of Mozart operas.
As I said in the title of this review, this is a sexy, nutty, funny and fun production. Great entertainment for the whole family.
Now what is an artist to do with such a ludicrous plot? As he often did when tackling an absurd libretto, Mozart responded with inspired music.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fun production. Ingenious in many respects. Thankfully, the notes included with the DVD explain a bit what Stage Director Doris Dorrie was trying to do. Read morePublished on March 10, 2011 by Meistersinger
All the Salzburg M22 productions were outrageous. "Over the top!" Intended, of course, to be fresh and challenging as theater, while maintaining the highest musical standards. Read morePublished on December 22, 2009 by Gio
The fine American stage and nightclub comic, Jimmy Durante, often sang a ditty which includes the lines, "have you ever had the feeling that you wanted to go, then you got the... Read morePublished on December 8, 2008 by drkhimxz
I will admit to being rather fussy about how Mozart is sung, but the women in this production are singing too loudly in order to be heard over the orchestra. Read morePublished on March 19, 2007 by Jesse Knight
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