Il Signor Bruschino
One of the most charming farces, worthy of a Feydeau, and filled with Rossinian madness
Sung in Italian with French subtitles
Il Signor Bruschino is the last of the five one-act comic operas that Rossini composed between 1810 and 1813 for Venice. Like the previous works, it has a libretto worthy of a Feydeau or a Courteline, where the staple ingredients are disguise, mistaken identities, and comings and goings. While the music is full of humour and Rossini's particular brand of madness, it is also packed with tender, melancholy moments that one would not expect to find in a farce by the young Rossini. It is all lively, spirited and as sparkling as you could wish. Enrique Mazzola has already treated us to several comic works by Rossini in recent seasons, and for Signor Bruschino he teams up again with the wonderful Alessandro Corbelli, an eminently musical and sensitive performer, and the delightful Chantal Santon-Jeffery, who will have trouble choosing between her two suitors tonight.