Mirandolina

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For the play by Carlo Goldoni, see The Mistress of the Inn.

Mirandolina (H. 346) is a comic opera in three acts by Bohuslav Martinů, with a libretto (in Italian) by the composer after Carlo Goldoni's comedy The Mistress of the Inn (1751).

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.

Roles[edit]

Role Voice type Premiere cast[1]
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

Synopsis[edit]

Although Mirandolina the inn-keeper is courted by various noblemen, including the sardonic Ripafratta, she ends up marrying the waiter Fabrizio.

Recording[edit]

The Wexford production recorded by Supraphon; with the Belarus National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Frizza is available to hear on Youtube.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "Almannaco 17 May 1959" (in Italian). AmadeusOnline. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
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