Oxford-based New Chamber Opera's summer production features a beautiful innkeeper, amorous noblemen and a faithful servant in a classic Goldoni comedy
Antonio Salieri’s most recent claim to fame is as the villain in Schaffer’s play Amadeus; but a little earlier he was an extremely successful and famous composer whose works were smash hits and played all over Europe. One of his most successful was La Locandiera, now being revived by New Chamber Opera as their outdoor summer opera. First performed in Vienna in 1773, it travelled to Italy, France and Germany but then disappeared from the repertoire. The New Chamber Opera performances, with a new translation by Simon Rees, will be the first in England in modern times.
Based on a play by Goldoni, the story revolves around Mirandolina, the sharp-witted and charming landlady of a wayside inn. She teases her faithful servant and suitor Fabrizio whilst deftly deflecting the amorous advances of various noblemen, even teaching the misogynist Cavaliere di Ripafratta a salutary lesson in love.
The New Chamber Opera production of Salieri’s La Locandiera opens in the Warden’s Garden, New College Oxford, on July 8 and continues for 7 more performances.