Thursday, April 18, 2013

REVIEW: Cimarosa's Il Marito Disperato

It has come to a point that my review of the shows I have seen are so way overdue that I have no way of fully recovering from it. So here it is, I will just do a quick and more mini than mini review…

HK Academy of Performing Art Lyric Theatre, Saturday March 16


This opera buffa (or comic opera) by Neapolitan composer Domenico Cimarosa was revitalised by comedian Paolo Rossi for the San Carlo Theatre of Napoli and presented as part of the 41st Hong Kong Arts Festival. Overall, it was just painful to seat through it. In my group of six friends, none enjoyed it and one left during the interval. The problem with this production is that Cimarosa’s music was not really that compelling, and it didn’t help with singers lacking in ability and not putting in enough attention. In the whole cast, there were only two that showed quality: Soprano Maria Grazia Schiavo (Gismonda) and tenor Yijie Shi (Valerio). In general, the acting of the ensemble was forced, corny and annoying. The only saving grace of this production is the orchestra, led by Christophe Rousset and the set designed by Nicola Rubertelli; but both were not enough to bring any joy to the audience.

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IL MARITO DISPERATO

Creative Team:
Music: DOMENICO CIMAROSA
Libretto: GIAMBATTISTA LORENZI
Conductor: CHRISTOPHE ROUSSET
Director/Costume: PAOLO ROSSI
Set: NICOLA RUBERTELLI

Cast includes:
Gismonda: MARIA GRAZIA SCHIAVO
Dorina: ELENA BELFIORE
Don Corbolone: ANDREA CONCETTI
Valerio: YIJIE SHI
Conte Fanfalucchi: FILIPPO MORAC
Marchese Castagnacci: ALFONSA ANTONIOZZI
Eugenia: PATRIZIA BICCIRE

with the SAN CARLO ORCHESTRA and CHORUS

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