The mysterious affair of “La Serenata al Vento”
The time has come to bring the world’s attention to the Jewish composer
Aldo Finzi who was on the brink of winning the competition for a new
opera which the La Scala Theatre had commissioned in the autumn of 1937
to be staged the following season, just as the anti-semitic laws were
about to be enforced in Italy.
Aldo Finzi presented his playful comedy The Serenade to the Wind to the
com- petition and while the evaluation was in progress, Maestro Pick-Mangiagalli,
an authorative member of the jury, contacted the young composer
informing him confidentially that his composition had been selected to
be awarded the 1st prize.
However, 1938 was fast approaching with its infamous anti-semitic laws
coming into force and without any explanation what-so-ever, the
competition was cancelled and all entries disposed off. A recent inquiry
at the archives of La Scala revealed no trace of the many scores that
were submitted at the time.
The recent discovery, revaluation and premiere performance of La
Serenata al Vento, aims to compensate for the great injustice to Aldo
Finzi who had in fact won the competition, regrettably at the wrong
moment in time.
The opera is set in three acts to a libretto by Carlo Veneziani, a racy
and romantic comedy of manners, spicy and amusing in which graceful
satire and tart repartees are combined to create the kind of wit - to
quote Falstaff - that creates wit in others.
Aldo Finzi’s last words to his son Bruno: “let my music be performed”.
Sixty eight years on, the composer’s last work still to be performned,
had it’s World Premiere in Teatro Donizetti at the Bergamo Music
Festival the 1st December 2012. As a tribute and mementos honouring all
of Aldo Finzi’s compositions, Bel Air Music arranged to have this unique
event captured on DVD.
La Serenata al Vento
(The Serenade in
Commedia giocosa in tre atti
(Playful comedy in tree acts)
Libretto di Carlo Veneziani
Musica di (Music by)
Personaggi (the characters)
Loly (daughter of Colonnello Dagoberto) - Shirelle
Colonnello Dagoberto - Andrei Trifonov, Bariton Basso
Leandro (pedagogue) - Yakov Halperin, Tenor
Contessa Geltrude (wife of count Alcidio d’Acajoux) -
Veronika Tonkonogov, Soprano
Count Alcidio d’Acajoux - Igor Tavrovskiy, Bariton
The Marchioness of Mavhalas - Yuliya Plakhina Contralto
Severino (her son) - Dmitry Semionov
Raimondo - Shlomi Wagner, Bariton
Finetta (the maid) - Hila Gonen, Soprano
Elvira (sister of Raimondo) - Elena Timofeeva, Soprano
Pistola (the quartermaster) - Michale Riskin, Tenor