Prima la musica e poi le parole & Der Schauspieldirektor - Teatro La Fenice


Prima la musica e poi le parole & Der Schauspieldirektor
Antonio Salieri & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
from Fri 09.10.2020 to Tue 20.10.2020
Malibran Theatre
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Prima la musica e poi le parole

divertimento in one Act
Composer Antonio Salieri | libretto Giovanni Battista Casti

Der Schauspieldirektor

singspiel in one Act kv 486
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | libretto Gottlieb Stephanie

Emperor Joseph II was partial to musical contests. In 1786 he decided to treat his court to a doublebill show intended to poke fun at the then most popular forms of stage music in Vienna: Italian opera and the German Singspiel. Mozart’s brief one-acter Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario) featured just five numbers, yet the brilliant overture, the contrapuntal and vocal virtuosity of the whole, were enough to reveal the mark of an operatic genius in the making. No less successful was Salieri’s Prima la musica e poi le parole (First the Music, then the Words), which included both a caricature of Lorenzo Da Ponte as a shabby librettist and the show-stopping imitation of the starry castrato Luigi Marchesi by Nancy Storace, Mozart’s first Susanna soon later.

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Conductor Federico Maria Sardelli
Director Italo Nunziata

Assistant Director Danilo Rubeca
Sets, costums & Lighting

Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia


Prima la musica e poi le parole


Chappel Meister Szymon Chojnacki
Eleonora Francesca Boncompagni
Tonina Rocío Pérez
Poet Francesco Vultaggio




Buff Szymon Chojnacki
Mr. Vogelsang Giuseppe Valentino Buzza
Madame Herz Rocío Pérez
Madame Silberklang Francesca Boncompagni


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