First performance 8 January 1812, Teatro San Moisè, Venice
Though labelled as a farsa by its composer, L’inganno felice stands out among Rossini’s early operas for depths that point towards the semiseria works that most enshrine his genius, even at one point anticipating the great Act 2 trio of Le Comte Ory. Certainly, it is the most rewarding of Rossini’s early works, and its popularity with the public at its premiere in 1812 is easy to understand; it became the first of his operas to cross the Alps and be heard in Austria and Germany. (When Metternich made Rossini the ‘official composer’ of the 1822 Congress of Verona, this was one of the works he requested.) Rossini was only 19 at the time of its premiere, yet it was his fourth opera (and the third to be heard). It took him back to Venice’s Teatro San Moisè, where his La cambiale di matrimonio had already been premiered and it won him a contract for further operas there – all in all, five of his first nine operas had their premieres at the San Moisè, which specialised in single-act, comic works.
The libretto was a reworking of one already set by Giovanni Paisiello; a few years later Rossini’s version of Il barbiere di Siviglia would eclipse Paisiello’s once-celebrated opera of that name. L’inganno felice (‘The Fortunate Deception’) belongs to the comic-serious genre involving the rescue of a wronged, innocent heroine. Here, in a story set in a seaside mining community, that heroine is Isabella and her rescuer and adopted uncle is Tarabotto. The chaste sadness of her music and the buffo bustle of his are set in effective contrast, supplying tension until the mysterious nocturnal atmosphere of the finale is joyously resolved.
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Friday 25 October | 3.30 p.m.
Wednesday 30 October | 3.30 p.m.
Saturday 2 November | 3.30 p.m.
Previously at WFO: Répétiteur (L’oracolo/Mala vita, 2018; Margherita, 2017); Music Director (La fanciulla del West ShortWork, 2018; Rigoletto ShortWork, 2017).
Previous engagements: Répétiteur and continuist (Il trionfo dell’onore, Scarlatti, Festival della Valle d’Itria); Répétiteur (Don Pasquale, Donizetti, Teatro Comunale Bologna; La traviata, Verdi, Festival Verdi di Parma).
Forthcoming engagements: Répétiteur (Coscoletto, Offenbach, Festival della Valle d’Itria).
Previously at WFO: Assistant Director (Medea, 2017).
Previous Engagements: Director (Turn of the Screw, Britten, Bury Court Opera; ‘Tryl’, Mozart/Marchment, Copenhagen Opera Festival; International Opera Awards 2018 Ceremony, London Coliseum).
Forthcoming Engagements: Assistant Director (Dido and Aeneas, Purcell, Juilliard School, Opera Holland Park, The Royal Opera of Versailles); Director (title TBA, Dutch National Opera); Librettist and Director (Madigan, Ashworth/Marchment, Helios Collective).
Stage & Costume Designer
Previously at WFO: Assistant Set Designer (Il bravo, 2018).
Previous Engagements: Set Supervisor (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze, Nino Rota, Minnesota Opera), Set Designer Assistant (La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, Offenbach, Oper Köln).
Forthcoming Engagements: Set Designer Assistant (Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy, Teatro Regio di Parma; Die Fledermaus, Strauss, Staatsoper Hamburg; Le Memorie di Adriano, Marguerite Yourcenar, Teatro della Pergola – Florence).
Previously at WFO: Lighting Designer 2018 ShortWorks (Don Pasquale, Bernstein à la carte, La fanciulla del West).
Previous Engagements: Lighting Designer (The Scottsboro Boys, Kander and Ebb, Playhouse on Park; The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Timothy Allen McDonald, Playhouse on Park).
Previous engagements: First Bridesmaid (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart, Royal Opera, Covent Garden), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos, Strauss, Berlin Opera Academy), Victorian (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Will Todd, Opera Holland Park and Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House).
Previous Engagements: First Priest (The Prisoner, Dallapicola, Welsh National Opera), Albert Herring (Albert Herring, Britten, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – Cardiff), Ramiro (La Cenerentola, Rossini, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – Cardiff).