The second opera of the 42nd ROF

9 August 2021

The 42nd edition of the Rossini Opera Festival will take place in Pesaro from the 9th to the 22nd August 2021.  The second opera on the bill is Il signor Bruschino, which will be performed on the 10th August at 8.00 p.m. at the Teatro Rossini, with Michele Spotti conducting the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini in a production devised by Barbe & Doucet, with lighting by Guy Simard.  The cast of singers comprises Marina Monzò, Pietro Spagnoli, Giorgio Caoduro, Jack Swanson, Gianluca Margheri, Chiara Tirotta, Manuel Amati and Enrico Iviglia.  Repeat performances will be given on the 13th, 15th and 18th August.  The opera is a co-production with the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman) and with the Teatro Comunale, Bologna.

Il signor Bruschino is the last of the five one-act comic operas (farse) composed for Venice in the three years 1810-1813.  It is a farsa giocosa (light comic opera) derived by Giuseppe Foppa from the French comedy Le fils par hasard (1808) by Alisan de Chazet and E.T. Maurice Ourry.

The first performance took place at the Teatro San Moisè, Venice, on the 27th January 1813, sung by Nicola De Grecis (Gaudenzio), Teodolinda Pontiggia (Sofia), Luigi Raffanelli (the elder Bruschino), Gaetano Del Monte (young Bruschino and a police officer), Tommaso Berti (Florville), Nicola Tacci (Filiberto), Carolina Nagher (Marianna).
The autograph score is preserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.

The first performance was such a disaster as to preclude any further performances after that first and only evening.  Not even Rossini’s second opera, the unlucky Equivoco stravagante (1811), which was banned by the censor at Bologna for reasons of immorality, had been denied that minimum of three performances guaranteed to every new production; Il signor Bruschino, on the other hand, was disapproved of by the audience, condemned by the critics and the impresario immediately replaced it with a safely popular opera by Stefano Pavesi: that very same Ser Marcantonio which had already replaced L’equivoco stravagante at Bologna, where it had been forcibly removed from the bill.