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46th Festival della Valle d’Itria

The 2020 programme: operas

The 46th edition of the Festival will take place in Martina Franca in the usual period between mid-July and beginning of August. The Board of Directors of the Paolo Grassi Foundation, led by President Franco Punzi, approved in recent days the project presented by the artistic director Alberto Triola which was confirmed also for 2020 in the role together with the musical director Fabio Luisi.

The operatic titles that will be stages in 2020 will be: Gli amanti sposi by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, La rappresaglia by Saverio Mercadante and Leonora by Ferdinando Paër. A choice in line with the decades-long artistic project of the Festival, between rarities and rediscoveries, with the return of a twentieth-century historical title never seen again in the contemporary age, and two nineteenth-century rarities. These titles will also be accompanied by interludes of the Neapolitan School, destined for the successful Opera in masseriainitiative and selected from the critical editions prepared by the University of Milan.

Gli amanti sposi, a playful opera in three acts to a libretto by Giovacchino Forzano, it was staged at the Fenice in 1925 and is among the least known works of the Venetian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948). The author embodies the Italian opera model which, at the beginning of the twentieth century, shows confidence in hypotheses of eclecticism however based on tradition: in this case the libretto of Goldoni matrix (Il ventaglio) and a clear musical writing that seems to be affected by the Rossini lesson.

La rappresaglia, a comic opera of the Apulian composer Saverio Mercadante (1795-1870) to a libretto rewritten by Cesare Sterbini and Felice Romani, performed for the first time at Cadice in 1829, is proposed in first performance in contemporary age following the critical edition by Francesco Lora and Elisabetta Pasquini , on the 150th anniversary of the death of the composer from Altamura. The score illustrates the ties of Mercadante with the Neapolitan school and it can be considered as a brilliant example of reception of the Rossinian funny style, with explicit references to the Barbiere di Siviglia and Cenerentola, conceived by Mercadante for the Spanish public wishing to know the novelties of the Italian opera.

The choice of Leonora, semi-serious melodrama of Ferdinand Paër (1771-1839), is linked to the 250th anniversary of the death of Ludwig van Beethoven: the native composer of Parma, in fact, with his Leonora of 1804, just precedes the Fidelio Beethovenian of which he shares the cue. The opera was successful on the European stages of the time (from Dresden to Paris from Florence to Palermo) due to a freshness of writing that many, from nineteenth-century commentators to the criticism of the following century, have always recognized.

Palazzo Ducale
Martina Franca
July 14th, 26th and 29th
h 9:00 pm

Palazzo Ducale
Martina Franca
July 19th, 24th and August 1st
h 9:00 pm

Palazzo Ducale
Martina Franca
July 25th, 28th and 31st
h 9:00 pm

COSCOLETTO_opere 2019

Coscoletto

Palazzo Ducale
Martina Franca
19 luglio
ore 21:00

L’ammalato immaginario | La vedova ingegnosa

OPERE IN MASSERIA

Martina Franca
21, 23, 25, 27 luglio, 1 agosto
ore 21:00

opere in masseria