Opera in Three Acts | 130 minutes
Libretto adapted from Carlo Gozzi
English singing translation by Adam Pollock
1/Picc.1/Ca.1.0 - 188.8.131.52 - Perc - Hp - Pf/Cel - Str(184.108.40.206.1)
L’Augellino Belverde was adapted by the composer from the theatrical fable by Carlo Gozzi. Written in 1765, the magical story takes up the colourful characters from Gozzi’s earlier fable, The Love for Three Oranges, and is a tale of intrigue and magic, journeys and dangerous quests, satirical philosophy, encounters with singing statues, and a little green bird who is really a king under a spell.
A cast of colourful characters, and a tuneful score combining mischief and enchantment and packed with inventive ensembles, make this irresistible entertainment. L’Augellino Belverde was commissioned by Musica Nel Chiostro to mark its 20th anniversary in 1994. It was given a spectacular production by Richard Jones, and Batignano audiences have been talking about it ever since.
First performance: July 1994, Batignano, Italy
First performance of English version: 2 June 2005, Guildhall School of Music & Drama London, conducted by Dominic Wheeler
Commissioned for the 20th Anniversary of Musica Nel Chiostro
EP7763 - Available from Edition Peters