This production of La Gazzetta is probably the American premiere of the sole comic opera Rossini wrote for Naples, falling right between Il barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola, and using ideas that appear in both operas. Because Rossini drew freely for it from other works, works unknown in Naples at the time, La Gazzetta was long treated badly, but the work is fascinating. It is based on a play by Carlo Goldoni, and the performance at the New England Conservatory, conducted by Joseph Rescigno and directed by Joshua Major, will for the first time ever use a Quintet that Rossini wrote for the piece, but did not ultimately use, leaving a terrible hole in the dramaturgy. For many years it was assumed he did not write this piece, but he did and we now have it. At the time, it was more important to give his lead, Don Pomponio, the Neapolitan Carlo Casaccia, every opportunity to shine, but although the NEC singers include experts at Neapolitan dialect, it is possible to abbreviate the recitative today and leave room for the Quintet.
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