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ROSSINI: Inganno felice (L') [Opera]

Composer(s):Rossini, Gioachino
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660233-34
Label Naxos
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Rossini’s ‘rescue opera’ L’inganno felice (The Happy Deception) won immediate contemporary popularity after its first performance in 1812. One of the composer’s most inventive and sparkling scores, with soprano, tenor and bass arias of great beauty, it is today by far the least well-known and least often performed of his five farse written for Venice. The drama concerns the attempt of Isabella, wrongly rejected by her husband the Duke, and her protector, the miner Tarabotto, who had rescued her, half dead, from the sea, to bring to justice the Duke’s villainous confidant Ormondo and his henchman Batone, and to reconcile Isabella with her husband, an end happily achieved, the guilty punished and the innocent triumphant.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2008

Continuing that rich seam of productions from the ‘Rossini in Wildbad Festival’ we have L’inganno felice (The Happy Deception) completed when Rossini was just 20-year-old. It was one of five farces written for Venice beginning in 1810 and enjoyed tremendous success for over half a century before falling into today’s obscurity. It is here presented in a new performing edition made for the festival by Florian Bauer. The story is far from accepted comedy, and relates the misfortunes that beset Isabella, wife of Duke Bertrando, who. having resisted the advances of Ormondo, a close friend of the Duke, is accused by him of adultery. She is cast out into the sea, but manages to reach an outpost of the Duke’s kingdom where she is befriended by Tarabotto.



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