|Operas by Bohuslav Martinů|
The opera was written in 1953-4. It incorporates in places stretches of spoken dialogue between the characters, against an orchestral background. The opera was premiered on 17 May 1959 at the Prague National Theatre, Czechoslovakia (shortly before the composer's death), when it was conducted by Václav Kašlik. Recent productions have been staged at the Wexford Festival (2002) and by the Bavarian State Opera's Opernstudio (April 2014) with musical direction by Alexander Prior and directed by Christian Stückl. The German premiere of the original Italian version will be given in March 2014 at Stadttheater Giessen directed by Andriy Zholdak and conducted by Michael Hofstetter.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast
17 May 1959
(Conductor: Václav Talich)
|Mirandolina, an inn-keeper||soprano||Maria Tauberová|
|Ortensia, an actress||soprano||Stepánka Stepánová|
|Dejanira, an actress||contralto||Jaroslava Procházková|
|Conte d'Albafloria||tenor||Premysl Koci|
|Cavaliere di Ripafratta||bass||Ivo Zidek|
|Marchese di Forlimpopoli||bass||Jaroslav Horacek|
|Fabrizio, a waiter||tenor||Oldrich Kovár|
Although Mirandolina the inn-keeper is courted by various noblemen, including the sardonic Ripafratta, she ends up marrying the waiter Fabrizio.
- "Almannaco 17 May 1959" (in Italian). AmadeusOnline. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
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