La cambiale di matrimonio celebrates Rossini’s Un-Birthday

26 February 2019

The Rossini Opera Festival proposes for the first time a stage production outside the usual Summer programme, as part of the Festival giovane: Friday, March 1 at 9 pm at the Teatro Rossini in Pesaro, in the frame of the Week of Celebrations Rossini's Un-Birthday, the Festival will stage La cambiale di matrimonio, co-produced with the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, in collaboration with the G. Rossini State Music Conservatory of Pesaro, Urbino Academy of Fine Arts, Rossini Foundation, Marche Region, Pesaro Municipality, AMAT, Benelli Historical Register, Fiam.

Set and stage direction are conceived by the Urbino Academy School of Scenography, leaded by Francesco Calcagnini and Davide Riboli, (Emiliano Pascucci lighting designer, Paola Mariani costumes). Alessandro Bonato will conduct the Rossini Conservatory Orchestra and a cast of young young singers which includes ex-students of the Accademia Rossiniana “Alberto Zedda”:Nicolò Donini (Tobia Mill), Claudia Muschio (Fanny), Anatolii Pogrebnyi (Edoardo Milfort), Carles Pachón (Slook), together with  Rossini Conservatory students Sergei Morozov (Norton) and Mariangela Marini (Clarina).

La cambiale di matrimonio is a comic farce in one act based on a libretto by Gaetano Rossi, composed by Rossini for the Teatro San Moisé in Venice. The simple yet non-trivial plot deals with social issues of great interest: the subjection of women, deprived of freedom of decision even in its most intimate affections; the marginalization of the foreigner, denigrated because of its diversity.

Fanny loves Edoardo, but she is forced by his father, the rich merchant Tobia Mill, to marry his rough business correspondent Slook. Slook himself will undermine the right of parental authority and reward the true affection of the two young lovers, turning in favor of Edoardo the bill of marriage with which Tobia wanted to allow him to marry Fanny.

The production, specifically dedicated to a young audience, schedules a free preview reserved for schools participating in the educational project Crescendo for Rossini for Thursday, February 28th.