ⓘ Mirandolina

                                     

ⓘ Mirandolina

Mirandolina is a comic opera in three acts by Bohuslav Martinu, with a libretto by the composer after Carlo Goldonis 1751 comedy La locandiera. Salieri had an opera on the same subject premiered at the Vienna Kartnertortheater in 1773.

The opera was written in 1953-4. It incorporates in places stretches of spoken dialogue between the characters, against an orchestral background. The opera was premiered on 17 May 1959 at the Prague National Theatre, Czechoslovakia shortly before the composers death, when it was conducted by Vaclav Kaslik.

David Pountney has described the opera as "the work where Martinus strain of fast-moving, neo-Classical style comes into its own. finding room for witty and ironic musical references to Italian madrigals, French vaudeville and Italian opera buffa". Martinus biographer Brian Large noted several highlights from the score: a coloratura aria in Act 1 Scene 6 for Mirandolina as well as waltzes, intermezzos and a saltarello, the latter having been recorded in 1973 by the Czech State Philharmonic Orchestra Brno conducted by Frantisek Jilek.

                                     

1. Performance history

The first production of Mirandolina remained in the stage repertoire at the Prague National Theatre until 1963 and the opera was revived there in 1980-82. It was staged as part of the Wexford Festival in 2002 with Daniela Bruera in the title role conducted by Riccardo Frizza, the performance eventually being issued on CD.

The UK premiere was given by Garsington Opera in 2009 with Juanita Lascarro in the title role, and conducted by Martin Andre.

In 2013-14 Mirandolina was seen in Ostrava, at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, then the German premiere of the original Italian version was given in March 2014 at the Theater GieSen conducted by Michael Hofstetter and directed by Andriy Zholdak; the Bavarian State Operas Opernstudio performed the work in April 2014 conducted by Alexander Prior and directed by Christian Stuckl, and in June it was staged in Bratislava, at the Slovak National Theatre.

                                     

2. Synopsis

Mirandolina the inn-keeper is courted by various noblemen at her house in Florence. Two of them try to vie with each other to seduce her, declaring that they are passionately in love with her, but having enchanted them she drops them. Another admirer is the sardonic misogynist Ripafratta whom she sees as a challenge to win.

Mirandolina therefore decides to lure the Cavaliere and seduce him. She sets out the tricks she is playing with Forlimpopoli and Albafiorita, and tries to use flattery and charm to gull Ripafratta. He however, becomes serious, playing on his rank and flushed with his first real love, and is furious when Mirandolina rejects him. Two elderly actresses, Ortensia and Dejanira pretend in vain that they are not upper class.

Mirandolina had all along been keen on her faithful waiter Fabrizio and ends up marrying him, having tested his fidelity, as a protection against the livid Ripafratta.

                                     

3. Recording

The 2002 Wexford production was recorded by the BBC and published on CD in 2004 by Supraphon; with the Belarus National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Frizza.

                                     
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