The return of Vick’s L’inganno felice

10 August 2015

The third opera in the programme of the Rossini Opera Festival 2015, L’inganno felice [The fortunate deception], will be staged on Wednesday 12th August at 8.00 p.m. (with repeat performances at the same time on the 15th, 18th and 21st August) at the Teatro Rossini.

The first production of Graham Vick’s for the Rof (with sets by Richard Hudson and costumes by Matthew Richardson), dating from 1994, L’inganno felice bursts through the limitations imposed by a fragile plot, one of the least credible among librettos written for the one-act serio-comic operas (farse), to shine out in an imaginary landscape that encourages an atmosphere of fairy-tale distancing, in which goodness and truth manage, as in granny’s consoling tales, to conquer bad luck and punish the baddie of the story.

As usual, the cast combines experienced artists and valuable newcomers: the Russian conductor, Denis Vlasenko, conducting the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini, comes to us via the Accademia Rossiniana, as does the female lead Mariangela Sicilia, winner of the latest Operalia competition, and all the other members of the brilliant cast (Vassilis Kavayas, Davide Luciano, Carlo Lepore, Giulio Mastrototaro).