Rossini’s one-act opera Il Signor Bruschino was premiered at the Teatro di San Moisè in Venice in 1813. The chilly reception it was given – it was performed only once – is difficult to understand today, considering its bubbly, exhilarating music. As performed at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, the work is a gem, and the New York Times cheered the 'clever production' conceived by the young Florentine theater collective Teatro Sotteraneo, one of the most innovative experimental groups in Italy. The action takes place in a 21st-century Rossini theme park, a kind of Rossinian Disneyland with souvenir stands and the like. With its continuous alternation between 1813 and the present, it echoes the alternation of real lover and fake suitor in the libretto. The plot, which anticipates Donizetti’s Don Pasquale by about thirty years, is a fireworks of mistaken identities, in which a young man wants to marry his beloved, but has to disguise himself as her legitimate suitor in order to trick her scheming guardian.
Composer: Gioachino Rossini Gaudenzio: Carlo Lepore Sofia: Maria Aleida Bruschino padre: Roberto De Candia Bruschino figlio / Commissario: Francisco Brito Florville: David Alegret Filiberto: Andrea Vincenzo Bonsignore Marianna: Chiara Amarù
Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini Conductor: Daniele Rustioni Directed by: Teatro Sotterraneo Set and Costumes: Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino Lighting: Tiziano Mancini
Plus: Cast Gallery / The Making of II Signor Bruschino
Picture: 16:9 Sound: 2.0 PCM Stereo/ DTS-HD Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JA/KO Region code: All regions Format: NTSC Running time: 96+20 mins Year: 2013
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