Zanetto artworkPietro Mascagni

June 22, 26, 29, July 3, 6, 12, 14 at 7.30pm
Double Bill with Gianni Schicchi
July 14 at 2pm - with The Christine Collins Young Artists performance of Gianni Schicchi

First performed at the Liceo Musicale Rossini in Pesaro on 2 March 1896

Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci after an Italian translation by Emilio Paga of Francois Coppée's play Le Passant. By arrangement with Schott Music Limited

Sung in Italian with English surtitles
New production

Conductor Manlio Benzi
Director Martin Lloyd-Evans
Designer Susannah Henry
Lighting Designer Colin Grenfell

Zanetto Patricia Orr
Sylvia Janice Watson

With the City of London Sinfonia

Zanetto is a sweetly moving, gorgeously scored miniature to open our double bill. It is a long way from the gritty world of Cavalleria rusticana, Mascagni’s storming debut in opera; this was a composer who ranged happily across many genres in his musical journey, and Zanetto is another curiosity in his canon. It tells of an encounter between a beautiful courtesan and a young wandering minstrel, which leads to love, sacrifice and pain. The music is gentle and resonant, and there are just two singers.

This is the first production of Zanetto at OHP and it continues the company’s exploration of this period of Italian opera.




Production supported by Winton Capital

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