Il borghese gentiluomo: history and curiosities
The two works we propose in this revisited version for the 46th edition of the Festival della Valle d’Itria – Il borghese gentiluomo, and Arianna a Nasso – are the outcomes of Strauss’ collaboration with poet and playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal.
Their debut dates to 1912, in Stuttgart’s Court Theatre, directed by Max Reinhardt with his theatre company, and conducted by the composer himself. They were presented as a unitary project, with the original combination of the subject taken from the comédie-ballet Le bourgeois gentilhomme – with words by Molière and music by Jean-Baptiste Lully – and the myth of Ariadne. These themes are, on a temporal level, very far apart, and this made it possible for the two authors to create the successful connections which brought about Der Rosenkavalier.
the audience’s reaction towards this work was tepid, and the two pieces were “separated” and revised, thus creating two new successful works. To Ariadne auf Naxoswas added a prologue, and Der Bürger als Edelmann was turned into an orchestra suite (op. 60, 1919).
Monsieur Jourdain (voce recitante) Stefano Massini (14/7) / Davide Gasparro (22/7, 25/7, 1/8)
Monsieur Jourdain (cantante) Vittorio Prato
Pastore Ana Victoria Pitts
Pastorella Barbara Massaro
Invitati Turchi Manuel Amati, Nico Franchini, Vassily Solodkyy, Alfonso Zambuto, Alberto Comes, Eugenio Di Lieto, Djokic Strahinja
Danzatori Fabrizio Di Franco, Matilde Gherardi
Direttore Michele Spotti
Mise en espace Davide Gasparro
Movimenti scenici Fabrizio Di Franco
In collaborazione con Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto
Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari