Greenqich Playhouse Presents Two Mozart Operas

European Youth celebrate a musical genius in his youth. Mozart expert or not, you should seize the opportunity to seethis rarely performed opera, delightfully performed by UKopera's most promising young talent ... 'News Shopper' In providing opportunities for young artists as well asbroadening the accessibility of opera, Opera at Home is pursuinga truly worthwhile goal. 'Opera Britannia'BOX OFFICE 020 8858 9256

VENUE: GREENWICH PLAY HOUSE, Greenwich Station Forecourt, 189 Greenwich High Road, LONDON SE10 8JA

Two full length early Mozart operas La Finta Semplice (The PretendedSimpleton) and La Finta Giardiniera (The Pretended Garden - Girl) staged inComedy Del Arte style, in a bilingual version, that combines dialogues in Englishand arias in Italian, performed in the intimate atmosphere of Greenwich Playhouse. Experience for yourself the intimacy of a Salzburg drawing room and getdown to the Greenwich Playhouse, where the youthful Opera At Homecompany are performing his early Finta operas... 'News Shopper' Produced by Michael Corby Directed by Jose Gandia The libretto was written by master of Comedy Del Arte , the music composedby genius Mozart when he was only 12 years old. W.A. MOZART LA FINTA Semplice (The Pretended Simpleton) Libretto by Carlo Goldoni and Marco Coltellini.

(Running time 2 hours with interval) 

The soldier Fracasso and his underling Sgt. Simone are billeted at DonCassandro's house. They fall in love with their host's sister Giacinta and hermaid Ninetta (in like order), but Don Cassandro and his younger brother DonPolidoro aren't keen on letting their sister and maid marry the guests. So thelovers conspire to have Fracasso's beautiful sister Rosina distract thedisagreeable brothers away by pretending to be an innocent blond.As a result we have the two rich but witless men fighting for the love ofRosina in a chain of hilarious situations.

18 year old Mozart wrote home excitedly to his mother in Salzburg: "Myopera (La Finta Giardiniera) was such a success it is impossible for me todescribe the applause".

La Finta Giardiniera features a conjunction of upper and lower classcharacters, the eponymous gardener Sandrina, being a Marchesa in search ofher lover, Count Belfiore, who believes he had killed her in a lover's quarrel.She disguises herself as a gardener and enters into the service of Don Anchise,who immediately becomes infatuated by the pretty Garden-Girl and proposesmarriage. The story follows Count Belfiore and Marchesa. Violante isdisguised as the gardener Sandrina and confronts Belfiore, who is by thispoint engaged to Arminda, niece of Don Anchise. In a fit of jealousy Armindakidnaps Violante. When Violante is found both she and Belfiore nearly gomad until eventually Violante decides to forgive Belfiore.


OCTOBER 3rd at 4.00pm Sunday Matinee, 5, 7, 9 at 7.30pm


OCTOBER 1,2,6,8 at 7.30 pm10 th at 4.00 pm Sunday Matinee

TICKETS: £15, £12 (concessions), £20 Season ticket (for both productions)

BOX OFFICE 020 8858 9256

VENUE: GREENWICH PLAYHOUSE Further info on Opera at Home (as a part of El Pajarito Theatre Company) can be found on:

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