Saturday, 22 August 2015

Wolf-Ferrari's 'Le donne curiose' in London

Wolf Ferrari's Le donne curiose at the Met in New York
Wolf Ferrari's Le donne curiose at the Met in New York
in 1912
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's opera Le donne curiose is the opera which made his name. Based on the comedy by Carlo Goldoni, it is a witty and intricate work which premiered in 1903. Wolf-Ferrari was half German, half Italian and through his life he was torn between the two heritages. His works were often more popular in Germany than Italy, and Le donne curiose was premiered in Munich in 1903, and only received its first performance in Italian in 1912 (at the Met in New York, conducted by Tullio Serafin). It eventually reached Italy when Tullio Serafin conducted it in Milan in 1913. But, until the First World War, Wolf Ferrari's operas were some of the most performed in the world.

They seem to have rather dropped off the radar, apart from the overtures, and we have a chance to see the opera for ourselves in November (2, 4, 6, 9) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, directed by Stephen Barlow, and designed by Yannis Thavoris and conducted by Mark Shanahan


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