LA GAZZETTA

July 2018

The Highland Park Ebell Club

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La gazzetta (The Newspaper) is an extremely rare Rossini gem! La gazzetta premiered in Naples in 1816, ran for 21 performances and was revived once, in 1928. It was not seen on stage again until the Garsington Opera (England) presented it in 2001. Other European productions include a 2005 production that was presented at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro and at the Grand Teatre del Liceu. The first performances in the US were given in Boston at the New England Conservatory in 2013. POP's production is the second in North America using a newly commissioned orchestral reduction!


This charming opera buffa is chock-full of Rossini’s trademark ensembles, patter songs, and high flying coloratura for all voices, from bass to soprano. Rossini fans are sure to recognize melodies from earlier and later better-known Rossini operas including Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, and others. The story takes place in a hotel and centers around a Neapolitan father who has advertised his daughter in the newspaper searching for the perfect (or at least the richest) suitor for his daughter. As is always the case in bel canto comedies, mistaken identities, unexpected arrivals, and general slapstick hijinx ensue.


La gazzetta

June/July 2018

​The Highland Park Ebell Club

Music by Gioachino Rossini

Libretto by Giuseppe Palomba


Creative Team:

Josh Shaw, Director/Designer

Brooke DeRose, Music Director

Amy Lawrence, Choreographer

Maggie Green, Costumer Designer


Cast:

Scott Levin, Don Pomponio

Rachel Policar, Lisetta

Armando Contreras, Fillipo

Kyle Patterson, Alberto

Molly Clementz, Doralice

Jessie Shulman, Madama La Rose

Scott Ziemann, Monsu Traversen

Phil Meyer, Anselmo


Chorus: Rosa Beltran, Tiffany Ho, Maggie King, Emily Rosenberg, David Conley, Steven Cornett, David Hobbs  Jonathan Lacayo