La Finta Giardiniera

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Conducted by George Manahan
Directed by Chas Rader-Shieber

A PERFECT BLEND OF SUBLIME MUSIC and DIZZYING PLOT TWISTS.

Combining heartbreak and comedy, this 1775 opera has all the depth and radiance we love in Mozart’s work.

Violante goes into hiding as “the disguised gardener” at the local Mayor’s country estate after escaping her abusive lover, Count Belfiore. As she chooses forgiveness and to love again, a dizzying cast of characters in disguise, enamored, and in chaos come together in a tale about the very complex nature of the human heart.


About our production:

Performed in Italian with English captions.
Approximately 3 hours, and 15 minutes, including one intermission. 

Lindsay Ohse returns to Portland Opera as the title character in Chas Rader-Shieber’s inspired new production for Portland Opera.


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Join us one hour before curtain for a discussion providing context and unique insights into the world of the opera. After the performance join Christopher Mattaliano, Portland Opera’s general director, along with cast members or collaborators, for a post-show conversation.

Tickets start at $35. View a seating map of the Newmark Theatre.


ACCESSIBILITY

The performance of La Finta Giardiniera on July 14, 2019 at 2 PM will include an audio description of the visual and physical events on stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance is visually translated with English text projected above the stage. If you require wheelchair, ADA, or companion seating, please let our Patron Services team know when you purchase tickets, so that we can ensure your visit to the opera is an excellent one.

Cast

Don Anchises
Mark A. Thomsen

Sandrina
Lindsay Ohse

Count Belfiore
Thomas Cilluffo

Arminda
Antonia Tamer

Ramiro
Camille Sherman

Serpetta
Helen Huang

Nardo
Geoffrey Schellenberg

Conductor
George Manahan

Director
Chas Rader-Shieber

Plot & Program Notes

La Finta Giardiniera was Mozart’s 5th opera, written when he was only 18 years old. The piece includes one of opera’s many mad scenes, a convention dating back to the 17th century—the most famous of which may be in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.