Almost 60 years after its last performance at Teatro Regio di Parma, Il matrimonio segreto, dramma giocoso in two acts by Domenico Cimarosa, on a libretto by Giovanni Bertati, returns to the stage on Friday, February 10th, at 8.00 p.m. (performances on February 12th and at 8.00 p.m., on February 19th at 3.30 p.m.). Roberto Catalano signs the staging of the new production realised in co-production with Ópera de Tenerife and Teatro Massimo di Palermo; the direction is by Davide Levi, on the podium of the Cupiditas Orchestra. The sets are by Emanuele Sinisi, the costumes by Ilaria Ariemme, the lights by Fiammetta Baldiserri, the choreographic movements by Sandhya Nagaraja.
The staging was created in 2021 as part of Opera (e)Studio, the Ópera de Tenerife’s project that offers new generations of opera singers the opportunity to appear on the international stage, taking part in new productions and making their debut on prestigious opera stages. Starring Giulia Mazzola (Carolina 10, 17), Veronika Seghers (Carolina 12, 19), Antonio Mandrillo (Paolino 10, 17), Bekir Serbest (Paolino 12, 19), Veta Pilipenko (Fidalma 10, 17), Valentina Stadler (Fidalma 12, 19), Francesco Leone (Geronimo 10, 17), Ignas Melnikas (Geronimo 12, 19), Marilena Ruta (Elisetta 10, 17), Eleonora Nota (Elisetta 12, 19), Jan Antem (Conte Robinson 10, 17), Ramiro Maturana (Conte Robinson 12, 19).
Composed between 1791 and 1792 for the court of Vienna on commission of Emperor Leopold, Il matrimonio segreto was performed on February 7th, 1792 at the Burgtheater and was an immediate success, so much so that it is said that the Emperor, overcome with enthusiasm, ordered a second performance that same evening. A plot full of misunderstandings skilfully unravelled thanks to a perfect narrative device and a lively, light, flowing musical style make Cimarosa’s masterpiece the most luminous example of the opera buffa of the Neapolitan school, the only 18th-century opera apart from the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy never to leave the great repertoire.
The production staged at Teatro Regio sets the story on 1950s Broadway: here Geronimo, a Neapolitan who has emigrated to New York, has opened a luxurious pastry shop and dreams of his two daughters marrying rich aristocrats. But Carolina, who meanwhile dreams of making her debut in Broadway theatres with her idol Gene Kelly, loves the delivery boy, Paolino, whom she marries in secret.
“In this small world,” explains director Roberto Catalano, “made up of more or less sincere desires and aspirations, move characters who tend towards what they believe could be an idea of happiness: the frantic and hurried search to which we all seem so devoted that, more often than not, it leads nowhere. And then, there are the newlyweds with their simple happiness, their dreams and their imagination that can always lift them from the burden of needing what is always further away from where they are. This is what probably brought them together and this is what will always keep them safe. Geronimo & Co. is the little world where, for a whole day, feelings closer to us than we can imagine are born and live”.
A ticket for two
In the month of love, Teatro Regio di Parma is launching a promotion dedicated to all couples: for every ticket purchased for one of the performances of Il matrimonio segreto, a second ticket will be added for two euros. The promotion is valid for the first 50 couples, only for purchases made at the Theatre Box Office and subject to availability.
Il matrimonio segreto for schools and families
As part of RegioYoung 2023, Domenico Cimarosa’s opera will be staged in a special shortened version, lasting about one hour, in four appointments dedicated to children aged 11 to 18: the performances scheduled for Saturday, February 11th, 4 p.m., and Saturday, February 18th 3 p.m. and 5.30 p.m., are dedicated to families, while the performance on Wednesday, February 15th, 10 a.m., is reserved for school audiences.
The rehearsals of Il matrimonio segreto are open to the public in the days leading up to the debut: crucial moments in which the complex work on stage and behind the scenes finds a fascinating synthesis. The rehearsal on Tuesday, February 7th, 8 p.m., is reserved for the under-30 audience, while the rehearsal on Wednesday, February 8th, 8 p.m., is open to the public.
Il matrimonio segreto on OperaVision
The opera will be streamed on operavision.eu on March 10th, 2023, at 8 p.m., and will remain available on the platform until September 10th, 2023.
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