12th January

Concert will begin at 18:00 hours GMT

Donizetti's 'Viva la Mamma' with Naouri, Ciofi, Bizic and Botelho from Geneva

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Donizetti's 'Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali' or 'Viva la Mamma' is a dramma giocoso, or opera, in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti. The Italian libretto was written by Domenico Gilardoni, adapted from Antonio Simeone Sografi's plays Le convenienze teatrali (1794) and Le inconvenienze teatrali. A regional (and mediocre) operatic troupe is rehearsing a new work—Romulus and Ersilia—and faces numerous obstacles. The prima donna acts every bit the diva, refusing to rehearse. The German tenor cannot master either the lyrics or melodies. In the midst of much quarrelling, various singers threaten to walk out. The situation turns more dire with the arrival of Mamma Agata (a baritone role), the mother of the seconda donna. She insists on a solo for her daughter and even issues detailed demands on the musical arrangement of the aria. When the German tenor refuses to go on, he is replaced by the prima donna's husband. The show eventually collapses, and rather than pay back all the investors (whose money has already been spent), the company flees the town under cover of night. Performers:

Mamma Agata: Laurent Naouri.
Daria, prima donna: Patrizia Ciofi.
Procolo, her husband: David Bizic.
Luigia, seconda donna: Melody Louledjian.
Guglielmo, primo tenore: Luciano Botelho.
Biscroma Strappaviscere, chef d'orchestre: Pietro Di Bianco.
Cesare Salsapariglia, poet: Enric Martinez-Castignani.
Pippetto: Katherine Aitken.
Impresario: Péter Kálmán.
Theatre Director: Rodrigo Garcia.

Grand Théâtre de Genève Choir. Geneva Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Gergely Madaras.

Recorded December 2018.


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