Olivo And Pasquale
The 2016 edition started last night with the first in the modern era of the Neapolitan version of “Olivo e Pasquale”. It is a playful opera by Jacopo Ferretti adapted from a play by Antonio Simeone Sografi: the first version was staged at the Valle in Rome on January 7th, 1827. Naple made the same one on September 1st, followed by the New Theatre, rebuilt by Donizetti.. Some of the parts were either changed or added in Neapolitan language.
Now, it is not that the exhumation of the alternate version of his work is what got him forgotten, but we can’t really say that we can’t live without “Olivo e Pasquale“. -Still, every time that we rediscover it’s title, we make one more step towards the knowledge of Donizetti, the author perhaps most overlooked and certainly the most misunderstood of the history of opera. And you get yet another confirmation that when you get to experience Donizetti’s music, you also experience his genious. Donizetti is still waiting for justice. And perhaps even more as a playwright and as a musician.