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Opera notes, August

To help recovery from July’s heart-wrenching performance of Madame Butterfly, we’re watching something much more light and jolly in August. Dove è amore è gelosia (Where there’s love there’s jealousy) is a 1768 comic opera by Giuseppe Scarlatti, the nephew of the more famous Domenico.

It was written for wedding celebrations at Krumlov Castle in Bohemia where Scarlatti was music teacher to the children of the Duke of Krumlov. The performance we’re watching was recorded in the newly restored theatre at Krumlov using the original stage machinery and lighting. Painted cloth flats and candle lighting are used on stage and the bewigged and liveried musicians in the pit are arranged as they would have been in 1768. Basically it’s a broad comedy about a young widow Marquise who can’t decide whether or not to marry her suitor, a Count. They each have a servant - they in turn are romantically associated - and the plot turns on various jealousy provoking misunderstandings which allows for some farce and stocking top flashing.

We meet in Mountfield at 10 am on 24 August and you are very welcome to join us. If you’ve never watched opera because it’s always death and destruction, wobbly ladies and fat men, this short opera will show what you're missing