As the third offering in the programme, the 40th Rossini Opera Festival is presenting a new production of L’equivoco stravagante, conducted by Carlo Rizzi with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and the Chorus of the Teatro Ventidio Basso, produced by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, with scenery by Christian Fenouillat, costumes by Agostino Cavalca and lighting by Christophe Forey.
The cast for L’equivoco stravagante, to be given at the Vitrifrigo Arena on the 13th, 16th, 19th and 22nd August at 8.00 p.m., includes Teresa Iervolino (Ernestina), Paolo Bordogna (Gamberotto), Davide Luciano (Buralicchio), Pavel Kolgatin (Ermanno), Claudia Muschio (Rosalia) amd Manuel Amati (Frontino).
The first performance, on Tuesday 13th August, will be broadcast live by Rai RadioTre.
L’equivoco stravagante, a drama giocoso per musica in two acts with libretto by Gaetano Gasbarri, was the second opera of Rossini’s to be performed on stage; its stormy first performance took place at the Teatro del Corso, Bologna, on the 26th October 1811. The story was rather risqué for those days: a young lady is courted by two suitors, one rich and the other poor. To warn off the former, the servant Frontino tells him that Ernestina is really a castrato dressed as a young lady. The libretto is peppered with brazen double meanings that were soon swooped down upon by the censor, who intervened and forbade further performances after the first three. The very censor who had read through the script beforehand and made numerous cuts was subjected to a disciplinary reproof.
L’equivoco stravagante returns to Pesaro in a new production after having already been performed at the ROF in 2002, conducted by Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, and revived in 2008, with Donato Renzetti on the podium, in a production staged by Emilio Sagi.