1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I think that Pergolesi understood women, especially working women. Otherwise, how was he able to portray them with such sympathetic accuracy? Certainly, in Lo Frate 'nnamorato, it's the two maids, Vanella and Cardella, admirably played by Laura Cherici and Rosa Bove respectfully, who 'steal the show', which would be nothing without them plus Marcaniello, who suffers from gout and is played in this production by Nicola Alaimo who, in my opinion, does not fill the role as well as Alessandro Corbelli does in the earlier Opus Arte recording of this work conducted by Riccardo Muti at La Scala, Milan. Alaimo's portrayal of this lead character, well played as it is, is simply not as hilariously funny as that of Corbelli in the La Scala production. Then again, although I'm in favour of staging certain works in different periods from the ones in which they were composed, the mid Twentieth Century staging in this version, although well done, does the two maids no favours. Again, the maids in the La Scala version are even more delightfully naughty.
None the less for any of that, this Teatro Giovanni Battista Pergolesi production is still easily worth five stars. It's so good that this work has become popular enough in the Twenty First Century for it to be produced in more than one version. Some viewers will prefer one version and some another. Great works lend themselves to different interpretations and this one will certainly appeal to many. It's just wonderful that Pergolesi is, at long last, being recognised for the great composer that he certainly was. There's simply got to be something special about this young man who could compose such delightful operas all before he was twenty six when he sadly died. I'm so pleased I invested in this Blu-ray and, if a third version comes out, I'll buy that too. It's simply one of the happiest, funniest operas ever written and I thoroughly recommend it.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2013
Lo Frate 'Nnamorato is Pergolesi's first comic opera. The music is fresh and enchanting throughout and the use of Neapolitan dialect adds pleasure. In particular, the aria with flute obbligato that opens the third act is stunning beautiful.
The musical performance is superb. The orchestra conducted by Fabio Biondi, plays with energy and enthusiasm. All the singers are wonderful.
The opera's plot was transferred to the 20th century, but it was done in a very graceful and effective way and looks completely natural.
Highly recommended !