La Gazzetta


Gioachino Rossini La Gazzetta opera to libretto by Giuseppe Palomba. Directed 2005 by Dario Fo (with Assistant Stage Director Arturo Corso) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. Stars Cinzia Forte (Lisetta), Bruno Praticò (Don Pomponio), Pietro Spagnoli (Filippo), Charles Workman (Alberto), Agata Bienkowska (Madame La Rose), Marisa Martins (Doralice), Simón Orfila (Monsù), and Marc Canturri (Anselmo). Maurizio Barbacini (with Assistant Directors Guerassim Voronkov and Daniel Mestre) conducts the Orchestra Academy of the Gran Theatre del Liceu and the Intermezzo Choir (Chorus Master Ignacio Ruiz de Alegría). Set and costumes by Dario Fo (with Francesco Calcagnini Associate Set Designer and Paula Mariani Associate Costume Designer); lighting by Franco Marri; choreography by Sebastiano Mario di Bella. Direction for TV by Angel Luis Ramirez. Released 2009, disc has 5.1 PCM sound. Grade: NA

This is an obscure Rossini opera about a father who puts his daughter up for marriage in the newpaper. The most interesting thing about this riotous production is that it was directed by Dario Fo, the Italian radical-left satirical writer and universal theater genius who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1997. This guaranties that there is serious stuff represented here on top of the slapstick comedy. Critics were all over the map on this title.

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