Mascagni: L'amico Fritz
Format: COMPACT DISC
Iervolino, Teresa; Frizza, Riccardo; Monaco, Dave; Castronovo, Charles; Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Meldolesi, Caterina; Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Jicia, Salome; Venuti, Francesco; Cavalletti, Massimo
Building on the success of Cavalleria rusticana, Pietro Mascagni’s commedia lirica L’amico Fritz was given seven encores and thirty-five curtain calls at its premiere in Rome in 1891. Considered by critics to be one of Mascagni’s best operas, the story is that of a love triangle involving the wealthy Fritz Kobus and Suzel, daughter of one of his tenants, who together sing the famous ‘Cherry Duet’ in Act II. Returning to the Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence for the first time since 1941, this production was acclaimed for its superb cast and astonishingly effective modern setting.