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La Canterina

By Franz Joseph Haydn

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La Canterina

By Franz Joseph Haydn

Performed by the students of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, in cooperation with The Jerusalem Opera.

Gasparina, the songstress, and her “mother”, Apollonia, are visited by Don Ettore, a young man who attempts to woo Gasparina with fabric and jewels stolen from his mother. When Don Pelagio, Gasparina’s singing instructor and benefactor, arrives, the women attempt to disguise Don Ettore as a merchant and send him away. Don Pelagio teaches Gasparina a new aria he has written for her and asks her to marry him. When Don Pelagio leaves, Gasparina calls Don Ettore back in. Don Pelagio has left something behind, however, and returns to catch Gasparina and Don Ettore together. Don Pelagio and Don Ettore are both angry at having been deceived and taken advantage of by the women. Don Pelagio decides to throw the women out of their apartment, which he had given them, and begins to carry away their belongings. Gasparina pleads for forgiveness and mercy, and Don Pelagio is swayed. Not only does he allow her to stay in the apartment, but he brings his own belongings to the women. Gasparina continues to take advantage of the situation, pretending to faint. The men lavish her with money and diamonds, which have a curiously restorative effect. In the end, the men recognize Gasparina’s greed, but nonetheless willingly hand over their riches.

Director notes

I have been a professional opera singer since 1995, and in my professional experience, the master classes I took part in, which focused on a specific opera title, were extremely important for the development of my skills as actor and singer. This is specifically true for Mozart and the 18th century operas, which are a definite part of my beloved opera repertoire. We chose “La Canterina” because it represents a challenge for the students involved for both the musical numbers and especially the recitatives. A short opera like “La Canterina” is definitely not a museum piece or a curiosity just for opera lovers, but it gives us the opportunity to laugh about and give some thought to the life of show business and opera people of the time and even today. For this reason I decided to find a parallel with the cinema and the rising career of a young vaudeville singer as portrayed in the poetic movie by the great Italian director Federico Fellini: “Luci del varietà” (“Variety Lights”).

Participants

Participants:
Gasparina:
Romi Zelig/Yael gil
Apollonia: Inbal Brill/ Mashi Guclizer
Don Pelagio: Ofri gross/Stas Davidov
Don Ettore: Dima Azar/Marva Koren
Extras: Shahaf Regev, Neta Simhon, Katya Semenisty.

Ensemble:
Harpsichord
– Maesro Omer Arieli
Violinists – Nimrod Gaon, Shir Taieb, Yam Cohen-Roth, Amitai Azmon
Cello – Iman Helmi
Double bass – Ron Veprik
Flutes – Csabay Zsuzsanna Virag, Fruzsi Forro
Oboe – Susanne Koch
French Horn – Shlomi Eini, Guy Agmon
Rehearsal pianist – Omer Yaari

Producer: Smadar Cohen Rosenfeld
Costumes and props: Shira Gutentag
Lighting Designer: Avi Elbaz
Assistant Producer: Danielle Boggio
Lighting Operator: Danielle Boggio
Stage Manager: Maayan Tsuk-Ran
Libretto translation: Mashi Guclizer
Surtitles: Yael Gil
Surtitles Projectionist: Maayan Tsuk-Ran
Public Relations: Anat Meromi
Advertising and marketing: Bar Mazor, JAMD Marketing
Video and Still Photography: Raiz Productions – Matan Raizman
Graphic Designer: Revital Toren

La Canterina

By Franz Joseph Haydn

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Performed by the students of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, in cooperation with The Jerusalem Opera.

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Gasparina, the songstress, and her “mother”, Apollonia, are visited by Don Ettore, a young man who attempts to woo Gasparina with fabric and jewels stolen from his mother. When Don Pelagio, Gasparina’s singing instructor and benefactor, arrives, the women attempt to disguise Don Ettore as a merchant and send him away. Don Pelagio teaches Gasparina a new aria he has written for her and asks her to marry him. When Don Pelagio leaves, Gasparina calls Don Ettore back in. Don Pelagio has left something behind, however, and returns to catch Gasparina and Don Ettore together. Don Pelagio and Don Ettore are both angry at having been deceived and taken advantage of by the women. Don Pelagio decides to throw the women out of their apartment, which he had given them, and begins to carry away their belongings. Gasparina pleads for forgiveness and mercy, and Don Pelagio is swayed. Not only does he allow her to stay in the apartment, but he brings his own belongings to the women. Gasparina continues to take advantage of the situation, pretending to faint. The men lavish her with money and diamonds, which have a curiously restorative effect. In the end, the men recognize Gasparina’s greed, but nonetheless willingly hand over their riches.

Director notes

I have been a professional opera singer since 1995, and in my professional experience, the master classes I took part in, which focused on a specific opera title, were extremely important for the development of my skills as actor and singer. This is specifically true for Mozart and the 18th century operas, which are a definite part of my beloved opera repertoire. We chose “La Canterina” because it represents a challenge for the students involved for both the musical numbers and especially the recitatives. A short opera like “La Canterina” is definitely not a museum piece or a curiosity just for opera lovers, but it gives us the opportunity to laugh about and give some thought to the life of show business and opera people of the time and even today. For this reason I decided to find a parallel with the cinema and the rising career of a young vaudeville singer as portrayed in the poetic movie by the great Italian director Federico Fellini: “Luci del varietà” (“Variety Lights”).

Participants

Participants:
Gasparina:
Romi Zelig/Yael gil
Apollonia: Inbal Brill/ Mashi Guclizer
Don Pelagio: Ofri gross/Stas Davidov
Don Ettore: Dima Azar/Marva Koren
Extras: Shahaf Regev, Neta Simhon, Katya Semenisty.

Ensemble:
Harpsichord
– Maesro Omer Arieli
Violinists – Nimrod Gaon, Shir Taieb, Yam Cohen-Roth, Amitai Azmon
Cello – Iman Helmi
Double bass – Ron Veprik
Flutes – Csabay Zsuzsanna Virag, Fruzsi Forro
Oboe – Susanne Koch
French Horn – Shlomi Eini, Guy Agmon
Rehearsal pianist – Omer Yaari

Producer: Smadar Cohen Rosenfeld
Costumes and props: Shira Gutentag
Lighting Designer: Avi Elbaz
Assistant Producer: Danielle Boggio
Lighting Operator: Danielle Boggio
Stage Manager: Maayan Tsuk-Ran
Libretto translation: Mashi Guclizer
Surtitles: Yael Gil
Surtitles Projectionist: Maayan Tsuk-Ran
Public Relations: Anat Meromi
Advertising and marketing: Bar Mazor, JAMD Marketing
Video and Still Photography: Raiz Productions – Matan Raizman
Graphic Designer: Revital Toren

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