ERMANNO WOLF-FERRARI (1876-1948): La vedova scaltra.
Catalogue Number: 10K057
Description: Offered three months ago as a Naxos DVD (07K068), here is the audio-only version of the fourth of five operas the composer based on plays by Goldoni. This slender (but not short!) 1931 comedy matches closely the conventions of 18th-century opera buffa in its witty if skeptical look at the mechanisms governing the interplay of human relations. Four hopeful suitors, English, French, Spanish and Italian, vie for the hand of Rosaura, the cunning widow of the title, allowing for studies in contrasting national temperaments too. 2 CDs. Italian libretto available on-line. Anne-Lise Sollied (soprano), Maurizio Muraro, Riccardo Zanellato (basses), Mark Milhofer, Emanuele D'Aguanno (tenors), Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro La Fenice; Karl Martin.