On May 8th of this year Nino Rota’s opera “Der Florentiner Hut” was to celebrate its premiere in Graz and “bring in a different color to the music of the 20th century”, lighter and more carefree than the “Passenger” by Mieczysław Weinberg shown at the season opening, says dramaturge Jörg Rieker – more on this in “The Passenger”: DVD shooting in Graz (February 21, 2021).
Horse eats hat while making love
This is especially true for the content of the cheerful work: In “Der Florentiner Hut” a horse eats the same hat from a woman who is enjoying herself with her lover in the bushes. This now needs a new headgear, but they are all sold out. The horse owner who was on his way to a wedding has to rush through Paris and get hold of a hat. A baroness and an Italian violinist also get involved before the whole thing is heading for a turbulent climax.
CD will be released in autumn at the earliest
The scenic production has now been postponed and the recording brought forward: “We wanted to use the time, and after almost all the singers are here, that was possible,” said Rieker. Rieker described the work on the CD that there was “a great deal of desire from all musicians”.
Under the direction of Daniele Squeo, the Grazer Philharmoniker will play in the “Florentiner Hut”; Piotr Buszewski (Fadinard), Tetiana Miyus (Elena), Daeho Kim (Nonancourt) and Anna Brull (Baroness) will sing. The CD will be released by Capriccio in autumn or spring.
Finished productions in the pipeline
Incidentally, Nino Rota is best known as a composer of outstanding film music, with hits like “War and Peace”, “La strada”, “La dolce vita”, “The Leopard” or “The Godfather” bearing his musical signature. Rota also wrote masses, symphonies or even operas.
The dramaturge and deputy director does not dare to predict whether much will be possible on stage this season. “Madama Butterfly” and “The Bartered Bride” are finished and can be played at any time, and “Anatevka” – almost never played after the premiere in October – would be available, but what will actually be possible cannot yet be said.