A seldom-performed gem of a Rossini opera: his opera buffa La Gazzetta in a filmed production by the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège.
In a tale of misunderstandings, arranged marriages, star-crossed lovers, La Gazetta was the first comic opera ever written by Rossini for the Neapolitan theater. Composed seven months after Il Barbiere di Siviglia's premiere and four months before La Cenerentola's premiere, it tells the story of two fathers and their daughters who all recently settled in Paris. One of them hopes to find a husband for his child and writes an advertisement in a newspaper, but his daughter falls for another man, searching for the love of his life.
This production marked the first time the Liège Opera presented La Gazzetta. The cast included Italian Soprano Cinzia Forte (Lisetta), returning to the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège after her appearances in La Traviata and The Marriage of Figaro, and Enrico Marabelli (Lisetta's father), who sang in L’Equivoco Stravagante, a production also staged by Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera..
Picture: La Gazzetta, Act II – © Jacques Croisier / ORW.
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