Opera and musical theater

Since 2000 the Conservatory of Mantova has initiated a workshop on musical theater of the XVIII century, that has always been related to the production on stage of some of the most significant works of this kind of repertoire.
Here is the list:

1st LABORATORY OF MUSICAL THEATER OF THE XVIII CENTURY - Janury 2000
BALDASSARRE GALUPPI: IL FILOSOFO DI CAMPAGNA
Dramma giocoso in three acts by Carlo Goldoni (critical edition by F. Carone and P.P. Scattolin)

Performers
Eugenia: Sandra Balducci – Alice Sunseri
Lesbina: Maria Francesca Gussetti – Rosita Ramini
Rinaldo: Patrizia Negrini – Maria Zilocchi
Lena: Filomena Schettino – Alessandra Vavasori
Nardo: Luciano Natale – Luca Salsi
Tritemio: Maurizio Lo Piccolo – Andrea Porta
Capocchio: Davide Cicchetti – Luigi Pagliarini

Master director and conductor: Luigi Ripamonti
Orchestra of the Conservatory of Mantova


2nd LABORATORY OF MUSICAL THEATER OF THE XVIII CENTURY - January 2002
GIOVANNI PAISIELLO: IL FANATICO IN BERLINA
Dramma giocoso in two acts by Giovanni Bertati (critical edition by Daniele Zanettovich)

Performers
Guerina: Annarosa Agostini – Sabrina Tortora
Rosaura: Elena Borin – Antonella Rondinone
Giacchinetta: Raffaella Fraioli – Roberta Mameli
Arsenio Mercadante: Ugo Guagliardo – Alessandro Vallese
Valerio: Andrea Patucelli – Mirko Quarello
Riccardo: Emanuele D'Aguanno – Gianluca Zoccatelli

Master director and conductor: Elisabetta Maschio
Orchestra of the Conservatory of Mantova


3rd LABORATORY OF MUSICAL THEATER OF THE XVIII CENTURY "Enzo Dara" - October 2004
ANTONIO SALIERI: PRIMA LA MUSICA E POI LE PAROLE
Theater divertimento in one act
Libretto by Giambattista Casti (critical edition by Alessandro Lattanzi)

Performers
Un maestro di Cappella: Mario Tento, Roberto Bortoluzzi
Un Poeta: Mauro Bonfanti, Guido Loconsolo
Donna Eleonora: Margherita Turra,Virginia MacIntyre,
Tonina: Ilaria Zanetti, Caroline Cozzoli

Orchestra of the Conservatory of Mantova
Master director and conductor: Domenico Tondo
Direction by Enzo Dara


4th LABORATORY OF MUSICAL THEATER OF THE XVIII CENTURY "Enzo Dara" - October 2006
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: BASTIANO E BASTIANA
Singspiel in one act (K.50/46b), Wien, October 1768
Libretto by Friedrich W. Weiskern (Translation and rhythmic Italian version by Elisabetta Ottone)
New version of the script by Aldo Signoretti

Performers
Bastiano: Enrico Casari, Emanuele Genovese
Bastiana: Eleonora Buratto, Giulia Sonzin
Colas: Filippo Polinelli, Alessandro Tirotta,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart giovinetto: Filippo Dessì

Prologue and dialogues by Accademia Teatrale "Francesco Campogalliani"

Performers
Cavalier Sartoretti: Ettore Spagna
Madama Marianna Sartoretti: Francesca Campogalliani
Accademico: Gaetano Bettinelli
Andrea Flora: G. Maria Galeotti
poeta: Adolfo Vaini
Cav. Pietro Lugiati accademico corrispondente: Damiano Scaini
Abate Luigi Gatti, maestro di Cappella: Silvano Palmierini
Giovane Cavaliere: Diego Fusari
Prima Damigella: Isabella Bertolini
Seconda Damigella: Tiziana Faberi

Orchestra of the Conservatory of Mantova
Master director and conductor: Domenico Tondo
Direction by Enzo Dara


5th LABORATORY OF MUSICAL THEATER OF THE XVIII CENTURY "Enzo Dara" - September 2008
GIOVAN BATTISTA PERGOLESI: LA SERVA PADRONA
Intermezzo. Libretto by Gennarantonio Federico
First perfromance: 28 August 1733, Teatro San Bartolomeo, Napoli

Performers
Serpina: Coralie Destrjcker, Arianna Donadelli
Uberto: Gabriele D.G. Bolletta Simone Tansini
Vespone, servo di Uberto, che non parla: Federico Finazzer

GIOVANNI PAISIELLO: IL NUOVO MAESTRO DI CAPPELLA (1774)

Performers
Maestro di Cappella: Massimiliano Beltrame, Giovanni Di Mare

Orchestra of the Conservatory of Mantova
Master director and conductor: Domenico Tondo
Direction by Enzo Dara


6th LABORATORY OF MUSICAL THEATER OF THE XVIII CENTURY "Enzo Dara", 2009 - 2010

GIOVANNI PAISIELLO: LA SERVA PADRONA

Performers
Uberto, basso: Giovanni Romeo, Simone Tansini
Serpina, soprano: Cecilia Rizzetto, Ito Sachika
Vespone: Denny Dondi

Orchestra of the Conservatory of Mantova
Master director and conductor: Luca Bertazzi
Direction by Enzo Dara


7th LABORATORY OF MUSICAL THEATER OF THE XVIII CENTURY "Enzo Dara", 2012 - 2013

DOMENICO CIMAROSA: IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO
Dramma giocoso, libretto by Giovanni Bertati

Performers
Signor Geronimo ricco mercante di Bologna: Tommaso Quanilli, Giovanni Romeo
Elisabetta figlia maggiore del signor Geronimo, promessa sposa al Conte: Tea Franchi, Cecilia Rizzetto
Carolina figlia minore del signor Geronimo, sposa segreta di Paolino: Coralie Destrijcker, Francesca Sorteni
Fidalma sorella del signor Geronimo, vedova ricca: Mariam Battistelli, Angela Giovio, Anna Ussardi
Conte Robinson: Renato Dolcini, Vadim Tarakanov
Paolino giovine di negozio del signor Geronimo: Byeon Jun Park, Yasushi Watanare

Orchestra of the Conservatory of Mantova
Master director and conductor: Domenico Tondo
Assistant conductor (and conductor for the performances in place of m° Tondo): Giovanni Pavesi
Direction by Enzo Dara


ENZO DARA
Opera singer and director born in Mantua in 1938, Enzo Dara studied with Mantua Maestro Bruno Sutti, making his debut in 1960 in Fano in "La Boheme" as Colline. After a few years as comprimario, he made his real debut in Opera buffa in Reggio Emilia (1967) with Dulcamara in "Elisir d'amore".
In 1969 came at the forefront at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto in"Italiana in Algeri" (Mustafa), director Thomas Schippers, and after two years the debut at La Scala in Milan in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" (Bartolo) under the direction of Claudio Abbado.
At La Scala, Dara also sang in "Cenerentola", L'Italiana in Algeri", "L'Elisir d'amore", "Linda di Chamounix", "L'amore delle tre melaramce" , "Il viaggio a Reims" with conductors, as well as Abbado, as Gavazzeni, Schippers, Patane and directors such as Strehler, Ponnelle, Ronconi.
Guest of all Italian Opera Fundations we have to remember his statements at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo, where, in 1992, he was awarded the Prix Donizetti.
Abroad Dara sang at the Metropolitan in New York and at Covent Garden in London, the Colon in Buenos Aires and at the Vienna State Opera, as well as in Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Waschington, Prague, Madrid, directed by masters such as Levine and Ozawa, Bertini and Campanella. In 1990 Dara made his directorial debut in Bologna, Turin, Catania, Monte Carlo, Bergamo, Messina, Verona, Palermo, Bolzano and Sao Paulo. Recent statements are those of the "Viaggio a Reims" in Berlin and "Il Barbiere" in Parma and Ferrara both directed by Abbado; "Cenerentola" in Geneva and Hamburg, "Il Barbiere" at Arena di Verona. In 1998 he made his debut at the Paris Opera in "Cenerentola", conductor Bruno Campanella, directed by Savary.
Dara, who is also a freelance journalist, as well as having worked for magazines, published a book in 1994: "Anche il buffo nel suo piccolo" (Ed. Gioiosa), achieving great success and following reprint in 1996.
The remarkable record production and video exceeds thirty titles with houses such as DG, CBS, Sony, Decca, Fonit Cetra, Memories. He has held internships on directing and singing in Turin, Palermo, Santa Cecilia in Rome.

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