Wolf-Ferrari: School for Fathers (I Quattro Rusteghi)

30 March 2012

The European Opera Centre has been presenting some of the more unusual operas over the past few years. The company’s planning of these works with a group of excellent young soloists has proved to be a winning combination!

Four stupid old men, a boy disguised as a girl, and a shed-load of great tunes. Wolf-Ferrari’s I Quattro Rusteghi might just be the most brilliant comic opera you’ve never heard! Take a generous dose of Italian farce, throw in a spoonful of Gilbert & Sullivan, add a splash of Puccini: you’ll soon realise why Gustav Mahler was one of Wolf-Ferrari’s greatest fans. For this semi-staged performance, Vasily Petrenko and the Orchestra are joined by sparky young soloists from the European Opera Centre.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Full performance information is available at the RLPO’s site