Bonn Beethovenfest - September 23th - 8 PM
Salle Ravel, Levallois - November 29th - 8.30 PM
Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo - December 4th - 8 PM
David Stern and Opera Fuoco are delighted to participate in the 2020 Beethovenfest with a concert performance of Simone Mayr’s L’Amor conjugale.
What is wonderful about Giovanni Simone Mayr’s opera L’Amor Conjugale is that we are immediately in familiar territory, namely that of Beethoven’s Fidelio. The story, adapted by Jean-Nicolas Bouilly and set in the imaginary 17th century Poland described in the original libretto of Gaëtan Rossi, tells the tale of the opera’s heroine and her adventures in liberating her loved one from prison. As with Beethoven’s Fidelio, the six characters are colorful and the plot unravels in masterly fashion.
This work by Mayr is little known, as are his works in general: a shame because not only is his compositional technique accomplished but his sense of drama remarkable. The listeners ear places him somewhere between Carl Maria von Weber - for his extraordinary dramatic orchestral effects - and Giacomo Rossini for both its exceptional lightness in orchestration and its seductive, often virtuosic vocal lines. We are at the height of bel canto and Mayr crafts wonderful vocal ensembles - duos, trios, quartets and sextets, not to mention the unforgettable melodies which remain with us until we hear the next one! The proportions are perfect and in one act of ninety minutes, everything is said - with humor, gravitas and of course plenty of sentiment.
We are fortunate to have Mayr’s autograph manuscript. His fine pen traces an ever inventive musical imagination, and without ever repeating himself, he creates a transparent orchestral fabric which both supports the voice and lets it shine. This does not preclude the orchestra from occasionally taking the lead as in the prelude to the second tableau in which the audience discovers Amorveno (the husband) captive in a subterranean dungeon. We imagine the writing style Weber would adopt 15 years later in the famous wolf‘s lair scene of his Freischütz. Amor Conjugale enjoyed decades of success after its premiere in 1805, judging by the numerous copies of the score and libretto found in European libraries.
Zeliska – Chantal Santon-Jeffery
Floreska – Natalie Perez
Amorveno – Andrés Agudelo
Ardelao – Bastien Rimondi
Peters – Olivier Gourdy
Moroski – Adrien Fournaison
Opera Fuoco Orchestra
Conductor - David Stern