'L'occasione fa il ladro' -
'... a performance of bubbling vitality ...'
Suitcases, as any traveller knows, have a wanderlust of their own. Mine have on occasion preferred
anywhere in the world to Moscow, Teheran or Sanaa. The situation has seemed to me invariably tragic;
it says much for the young Rossini's genius that the swapping of a pair of suitcases turns into the
the most glorious comic fun. This review, indeed, should have been devoted to Wozzeck; but
computers also have a mind of their own, and mine rejected Berg as unplayable while hugging Rossini
to its judicious bosom. I could not have been more relieved.
Alessandro Corbelli as Martino in Rossini's 'L'occasione fa il ladro'. Screenshot © 1992 Schwetzinger Festspiele/SWR/Maran Film GmbH/NVC Arts International
Copyright © 28 June 2006
Robert Anderson, London UK