Le pescatrici (The Fishergirls)
Dramma giocoso in three acts
Completed by H.C. Robbins Landon
Libretto by Carlo Goldoni
English translation by Gilly French and Jeremy Gray
The Deanery garden, Bampton, 17 and 18 July 2009
The Orangery Terrace, Westonbirt, 30 August 2009
St John’s, Smith Square, 17 September 2009
|Lesbina, a fishergirl, sister of Burlotto and in love with Frisellino||Emily Rowley Jones|
|Nerina, a fishergirl, sister of Frisellino and in love with Burlotto||Serena Kay|
|Burlotto, a fisherman, in love with Nerina||Andrew Friedhoff|
|Frisellino, a fisherman, in love with Lesbina||Mark Chaundy|
|Eurilda, believed to be the daughter of Mastricco||Lina Markeby/Margaret Rapacioli|
|Mastricco, an elderly fisherman||Robert Winslade Anderson|
|Lindoro, Prince of Sorrento||Vojtěch Šafařík|
With the Orchestra of Bampton Classical Opera (July, August)
The beach at Taranto
The fishergirls Nerina and Lesbina are each engaged to the other’s brother, Burlotto and Frisellino, but bicker and seek a better life, preferably with a wealthy husband. Eurilda, the supposed daughter of the old fisherman Mastricco, prefers to stay single.
Lindoro, the Prince of Sorrento, sails in unexpectedly, throwing the community into a state of excitement and the womens’ hearts aflutter. He announces that the usurper Oronte murdered Prince Casimiro fifteen years ago but the rightful claimant to the throne of Benevento was concealed at birth, and is believed to be living in Taranto. Lesbina and Nerina are each certain that they must be the heir.
Burlotto and Frisellino are angry with their fickle girlfriends, but would like to promote their sisters. Mastricco knows that Eurilda is the heir and tries to promote her. Lindoro is confused and tries to judge between the contenders.
Interval of 20 minutes (Bampton and St John’s); 70 minutes (Westonbirt)
Lesbina, and then Nerina, do their best to convince Lindoro. Eurilda feels hopeless with insecurity. Lindoro reveals a treasure of untold wealth, which includes the dagger stained with the blood of Casimiro. Eurilda’s extreme distress at seeing this reveals her as the heir and she is chosen by Lindoro. Nerina and Lesbina are bitterly disappointed and must now try to reinstate themselves in their boyfriends’ favour.
At a shrine, Mastricco swears that he received Eurilda as a baby from Nicandro, who had rescued her from the usurper. Lindoro believes his honesty and offers his hand to Eurilda.
Burlotto and Frisellino disguise themselves as aristocratic cousins of Lindoro and tempt their gullible girlfriends to sail off with them to fabulous status and wealth. Having won them round, they embarrass the unfaithful girls by revealing their identity. The girls are furious, and Mastricco is angry with the men for their insensitive trick, insisting they make amends and marry the girls. Lindoro and Eurilda, with Mastricco as chaperone, sail away.
a serious business with remarkable artistic standards
Opera, October 2009
a radiant whole
Opera Today, 20 September 2009
plenty of laughs…. strongly cast
The Oxford Times, 24 July 2009
Blazing creative genius