La scuola de’ gelosi is the first opera buffa which Antonio Salieri, choirmaster at Vienna’s Opera, composed for an Italian theatre; it is also the first opera to give the young composer an extraordinary international success. In fact, after the debut in Venice in 1778, La scuola de’ gelosi was performed in over 40 cities around Italy and Europe – including Bologna, Florence, Turin, Naples, Milan, London, Paris, Dresden, Prague, Warsaw, Riga, Lisbon, and Madrid – and it was one of Salieri’s most performed operas. In 1783 with this opera, in a version readapted by the composer himself, a new golden time started for Vienna’s opera buffa, with an Italian opera company set up specially.
The libretto by Caterino Mazzolà, whose plot is centred around a sort of mechanical experiment with human emotions (specifically jealousy), probably served as a model for Lorenzo Da Ponte’s La scuola degli amanti, better known as Così fan tutte, libretto originally destined to Salieri, and successively set to music by Mozart.
Opera Workshop with the Students of the Accademia del Belcanto “Rodolfo Celletti” 2022 and the Conservatorio di Musica “Nino Rota” in Monopoli
Conductor Danila Grassi
Il Tenente Joan Folqué
Contessa di Bandiera Omar Mancini
Conte di Bandiera Dagur Thorgrimsson
Ernestina Rocio Faus
Blasio Matteo Mancini
Carlotta Fleuranne Brockway
Lumaca Carmine Giordano
Maestro al cembalo Davide Rinaldi