Israeli Opera Presents LA GAZZETTA, 3/29-4/8
For the first time in Israel the Israeli Opera presents the delightful Gioacchino Rossini comic opera "La Gazzette" ("The Magazine") - performed by the Royal Opera of Wallonie from Liege, Belgium, conducted by Jan Schultsz and directed by Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, the Liege Opera general and artistic director. The set designer is Jean Guy Lecat, the costume designer is Fernand Ruiz and the lighting designer is Olivier Wery. Performed by the soloists, chorus and orchestra of the Opera Royal de Wallonie, Liege.
The opera will be presented between March 29 and April 8, 2017, at the Shlomo Lahat (Chich) Opera House in Tel Aviv.
Sung in Italian, with English and Hebrew Surtitles.
In the last decade there has been a wave of reviving lesser known operas by Rossini and among them is "La Gazzette" which will be presented for the first time in Israel, 200 years after it was written.
This production is an initiative by conducted Jan Schultsz who has always dreamt to perform this Rossini opera and for this purpose he contacted director Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera.
In 2012 a manuscript of a quintet was found at a library in Palermo and was sent to musicologist Philip Gossett, an American Rossini researcher, who confirmed it as belonging to the "La Gazzette" opera. Two years later, the first professional presentation of the opera edition containing the recently found quintet was presented at Liege.
La Gazzette's comic plot centers on a newspaper (in this production, the LaGazzette.com website) with which the opera's heroes are trying to find a matching and love.
The story which takes place in a small hotel in Paris is based on a comedy by Carlo Goldoni. The Libretto by Giuseppe Palomba, Rossini's librettist, is filled with social criticism on the new rich class that swept its wealth in the riot of the Napoleonic wars and which in the center of their world- their aspiration to marry their daughters to the richest, from privileged families, grooms.
The heroes who are up for a matching are: Lisetta, daughter of Don Pomponio who is new to the rich class and who puts an add in the website in order to find a suitable husband for his daughter. Doralice, a shy and gentle "tourist", daughter of Anselmo. The young men in love are Filippo, an "innkeeper, young, sly and strange" who falls in love with Lisetta even though he knows her father will no be content with him because of his standing, and Alberto, a wealthy young man who is looking for a girl for his liking. Alberto falls in love with Doralice.
The opera's music and libretto are filled with sharp and sarcastic jokes. The characters are caricaturist and characterized in an extreme and ridiculous way.
Identity exchanges, misunderstandings and a comedy of errors - all these are an inseparable part of the opera.
In the end of the first act the plot reaches the peak of the complication, which is untangled by the second act where in its end Lisetta and Doralice's fathers give up and give their blessing to the young men their daughters chose to love.