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RODERIC DUNNETT samples a Garsington speciality


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The decorative hotel pool, with Carla Huhtanen as Lisetta and Robert Poulton as Filippo in the Garsington Opera 2001 production of 'La gazzetta'. Photo (c) 2001 Keith Saunders

The other star of Garsington's season was Marco Gandini's all-Italian staging team, including Edoardo Sanchi's ingenious bricked-up Garsington extension, in La Gazzetta ('The Newspaper Advert'), a needlessly dumped Rossini gem, to a libretto by Giuseppe Palomba based on Goldoni's Il matrimonio concorso (1763). Dating from l816, midway between the Barbiere and Cenerentola, one of his best periods, given new life by Fabrizio Scipioni's recent Pesaro performing edition and conducted with Rossinian verve and not a little insight by Corrado Rovaris (Rovaris trained at the Verdi Conservatoire in Milan, is already much in demand in his native Italy, and proved a brilliant find).

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Copyright © 9 August 2001 Roderic Dunnett, Coventry, UK




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