First the music, then the words.... Lunchbreak Opera brings their fast-paced take on Antonio Salieri's rarely performed comedic opera to Opera in the City Festival.
This opera in 1 act, Prima la musica e poi le parole, was commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II and was first performed at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna in 1786, alongside Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor. Salieri's work remained practically untouched until the 20th century when it served as inspiration for Richard Strauss's Capriccio. The show is a playful and witty look at the internal workings of staging an opera, complete with artistic arguments between composer and librettist as well as infighting between rival singers. An hour long, this send up of operatic tropes is suitable for first-timers and aficionados alike!
Performed in English translation by Lionel Salter.
Musical Director – Matthew O’Keeffe
Director – Thomas Holland
Designer – Virginio Lima
Part of Opera in the City Festival