The third opera on the programme of the Rossini Opera Festival 2012 is Il signor Bruschino (performances on the 12th, 15th, 18th and 21st August at 8.00 p.m. at the Teatro Rossini), a new production entrusted to the Teatro Sotterraneo, one of the most interesting and original of Italian straight theatre groups. Their names are: Sara Bonaventura, Iacopo Braca, Matteo Ceccarelli, Claudio Cirri and Daniele Villa.
The action takes place in an imaginary theme park: Rossiniland. On the stage we see an amusement park inspired by Gioachino Rossini, where the operas of Pesaro’s own composer are staged as entertainment attractions. Against this background the main features of Foppa’s libretto are free to explode in pop and contemporary terms: principally, the profound nature of the farsa giocosa – light-hearted farce – in which lies and exchanges of identity turn out to be the main means of communication between the characters, through a constant confusion between the true and the false, between truth and falsification. In the mercenary and consumer-orientated world of the theme park, however, less obvious aspects of the plot may also unfold: the continual buying-and-selling and bargaining and the personal interest guiding almost all the characters in the libretto, intent on deceiving each other in turn in order to get what they want, whether that be money, honour or a good match. In Rossiniland the singers interpret the characters but they can step out of their identities at any moment, as if they were taking part in a mass historical re-evocation. In Rossiniland we see 1800 and 2000 happening simultaneously and we hear Rossini’s music reverberating at full volume through both epochs. Lastly, in Rossiniland we come across an improbable but not impossible scenario, not too far distant from certain scenarios in which art finds itself today, in the profound confusion that arises between the theatre and theatrical society. By adopting an ironic key made up of continual twistings of sense, the Teatro Sotterraneo will try to represent our present through the characters and the events in Il signor Bruschino, a work whose undeniable topicality rests on its being both ambiguous and amusing at one and the same time.
The production is the result of a didactic and professional collaboration of the company with the students of the school of stage scenery at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Urbino, who have realized the scenery and costumes for the show. The ROF and the Accademia have been collaborating for some time: before this year’s Il signor Bruschino we worked together in 2008 for Adelaide di Borgogna and in 2010 for Demetrio e Polibio.
Where the musical part is concerned, Daniele Rustioni will conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini and the singers will be Carlo Lepore, Maria Aleida, Roberto De Candia, Francisco Brito, David Alegret, Andrea Vincenzo Bonsignore and Chiara Amarù. A special guest star will be the delightful dog Ringhio.