Mozart drawn by Lorenz Vogel around the time of La Finta's creation
March 2019 I’ll be joining the members of the International Opera Academy of Gent for a production of Mozarts La Finta Giardiniera as Contino Belfiore. The opera will be produced in cooperation with the Catalan Companyia Dei Furbi and Korneel Bernolet will be conducting the Apotheosis orchestra. Although Mozart was only 18 years old when he wrote the opera, La Finta Giardiniera (1775) is much more than a footnote in the biography of the ‘Wunderkind’. The way Mozart treats its plot, though rooted in the conventional commedia dell’arte style and rococo sentiments of the mid-eighteenth century, clearly foreshadows the great Da Ponte opera’s of the 1780’s in some aspects. When Contino Belfiore, sent off to marry the Podestà’s niece, recognizes the local gardener as Violante, the women he once loved and thought to have killed in a quarrel, a web of confusion unfurls over all the characters involved... Please see my agenda for more information and dates!