A Rediscovered Comedy From Mozart's Era
Diana, the goddess of chastity, is the target of Cupid’s interference as he brings unwelcome love to her sacred garden. This opera is a sparkling comedy filled with witty social commentary on freedom and power.
Preliminary runtime of 2 hours and 29 minutes, including one intermission.
Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.
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''Lively and Charming!''
– Star Tribune
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“The cast is uniformly strong. [Leah] Partridge actually stopped the show on Saturday night after her fervently sung first-act “rage” aria, and she nicely conveyed Diana’s vulnerability and confusion in the final scenes.”
– Michael Anthony, Star Tribune
“The best thing about Martin y Soler’s score is that it offers opportunities for each cast member to shine, and this talented ensemble takes full advantage. At the fore is Leah Partridge as a dynamic Diana with a particularly impressive upper register and a commanding stage presence…”
– Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press
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Doristo, a shepherd, unexpectedly awakens in a spectacular garden. Amore, the god of desire, informs him that he has been brought there to assist with a plot of revenge – the refuge, overseen by the goddess Diana, is devoted to chastity, which is contrary to Amore’s mission of love. An enchanted apple tree is centered at its core. If Diana’s three nymphs have been constant, the tree emits a sweet and pleasing sound. If not, the women are pelted by blackened fruit.Read more...
Vicente Martín y Soler was a leading composer in Vienna in the late 1780s, whose works rivaled those of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, then debuting his most mature and popular operas. Born in Valencia, Martín first worked for the future king, Charles IV. As the Spanish Bourbons were then closely connected to Naples, he later traveled there to serve the monarch’s brother, Ferdinand IV/I. The city was the center of musical development, and the queen of Naples was the sister of Joseph II, emperor of Austria. Martín later set roots in Venice in 1782, writing mostly comic operas and making further Viennese connections.Read more...
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