Music by Nino Rota. Libretto by Eduardo De Filippo, Based on his homonym play.
Ed: Schott Music GmbH & Co. KG, Mainz. Representative for Italy: Sugar Music, Milan.
First performance: Spoleto, Teatro Nuovo, 22 June 1977.
Gennaro Iovine Mariano Buccino
Amalia, sua moglie Clarissa Costanzo
Maria Rosaria, figlia Maria Rita Combattelli
Errico “Settebellizze” Riccardo Della Sciucca
Amedeo, figlio Marco Miglietta
Johnny, sergente americano Francesco Samuele Venuti
Adelaide Schiano Giovanna Lanza
Assunta, sua nipote Sabrina Sanza
Pascalino “o pittore” Roberto Covatta
O’ miezzo Prevete Giuseppe Esposito
Il Brigadiere Ciappa Alberto Comes
Riccardo Spasiano Graziano Dallavalle
Peppe o’cricco Pasquale Greco
Federico Francesco Cascione
Donna Peppenella Artista del Coro
Donna Vinzenza Artista del Coro
Conductor James Feddeck
Director Arturo Cirillo
Scenes Dario Gessati
Costumes Gianluca Falaschi Resumed byAnna Missaglia
Lighting designer Fiammetta Baldiserri
Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali – Milano
Setting by Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, resumed by OperaLombardia Theatres.
The great Milanese composer’s last opera, based on De Filippo’s comedy of the same name, saw the light in 1977 in Spoleto, directed by Eduardo himself. Coldly received by critics at first, it has fortunately been reappraised and is now part of the most performed opera repertoire of the second half of the last century, also thanks to this production by Festival della Valle d’Itria, which OperaLombardia Theatres have decided to re-propose.
Alongside De Filippo’s famous cinematographic and theatrical work, Nino Rota combines sounds ranging from Neapolitan songs to verismo, from jazz to musicals, with the unmistakable melodic talent that has made Rota one of the most successful composers of music for the big screen.
Pavia, Teatro Fraschini – November 18&20
Como, Teatro Sociale – January 13&15
Cremona, Teatro Ponchielli – January 20&22
Bergamo, Teatro Donizetti – January 27&29