Maggio Musicale Fiorentino to Perform ‘La Finta Semplice’

By Francisco Salazar

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is set to present Mozart’s opera “La Finta Semplice “for the first time in the company’s history.

The work, which opens on Jan. 24 is set to star Benedetta Torre as Rosina, Eduardo Martinez Flores as Don Cassandro, Lorenzo Martelli as Don Polidoro, Xenia Tziouvaras as Giacinta, Rosalìa Cid as Ninetta, Luca Bernard as Fracasso, and Davide Piva as Simone. 

The opera will be presented in a new production, with stage direction by Claudia Blersch, stage set and costumes by students from the three-year training course in stage design at NABA and lighting by Andrea Locorotondo. The Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino will be conducted by Maestro Theodor Guschlbauer.

Regarding her role debut, Torre said, “Singing in ‘La finta semplice’ is an opportunity to discover Mozart’s early genius. He was just twelve years old when he composed it, and this is his first opera in Italian. Moreover, the libretto by Marco Coltellini is derived from a previously written text by Carlo Goldoni, father of the modern play, who gave his name to the theatre where we’ll be on stage with this work by the young Mozart: what a lovely coincidence! The musical structures still adhere to those of Haydn, closely linked to the tastes of the time, but in some arias and above all in the ensemble scenes like the final concertato pieces, the genius of Le Nozze di Figaro or of Don Giovanni can be glimpsed.”