Martin y Soler’s The Kind-Hearted Grouch from Barcelona

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Thursday, August 02, 2012

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When Mozart showcased snippets from then-familiar operas in the final scene of Don Giovanni, he included music by the Spanish composer Vicente Martin y Soler whose operas, for a time, were more popular than Mozart's own.

This week on World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Martin y Soler’s Il burbero di buon cuore (The Kind-Hearted Grouch) in a performance from the historic Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. This tuneful comedy features a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte.

The stars are baritone Carlos Chausson in the title role, with soprano Elena de la Merced and tenor Paolo Fanale as young lovers desperate to find the softer side of their grumpy old uncle. The production is led by conductor Jordi Savall.

Cast:

Conductor: Jordi Savall

Angelica: Elena de la Merced (soprano)

Ferramondo: Carlos Chausson (baritone)

Valerio: Paolo Fanale (tenor)

Lucilla: Véronique Gens (soprano)

Marina: Patricia Bardon (mezzo-soprano)

Dorval: Marco Vinco (bass)

Giocondo: David Alegret (tenor)

Castagna: Josep Miquel Ramón (baritone)

Liceu Symphony Orchestra

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