Äktenskapsmäklaren synopsis 1810

Äktenskapsmäklaren synopsis 1810

Äktenskapsmäklaren. Av Rossinis första nio operor skrevs fem för Teatro San Moisè i Venedig. Dessa fem var alla enaktsfarser vilka Rossini komponerade mellan 1810 och 1813. Förutom La cambiale di matrimonio bestod de av L’inganno felice, Silkesstegen, L’occasione fa il ladro och Il signor Bruschino. Verket skrevs då Rossini endast var 18 år och fortfarande studerade på Liceo Musicale i Bologna.

Teatro San Moisè hade specialiserats sig på komiska farser och hade ursprungligen bet en tysk kompositör att skriva musiken, men då han avled fick den unge Rossini chansen tack vare kompositören Giovanni Morandi och hans hustru, sångerskan Rosa Morandi (vilken sjöng rollen som Fanni vid premiären).

Tack vare att teatern inte var särskilt stor kunde Rossini komponera utan att känna pressen som en stor operascen som La Scala eller La Fenice kunde innebära. Operan hade premiär den 3 november 1810 och blev en stor succé med 13 föreställningar. Svensk premiär den 12 februari 1960 på Kungliga Operan (Blancheteatern) i Stockholm där den spelades 65 gånger.

Äktenskapsmäklaren synopsis 1810

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Äktenskapsmäklaren Tobias Mills har just lovat skaffa amerikanen Slook en ung vacker hustru och valet har fallit på Mills egen dotter Fanny, som emellertid älskar Edoardo Milfort. Då amerikanen anländer klargör Edoardo för honom att han ämnar gifta sig med Fanny, som för övrigt är mycket avvisande mot den äkta man fadern har tänkt sig.

Slook överlämnar storsint äktenskapskontraktet till Eduardo och gör honom samtidigt till sin arvinge, men då han berättar för Mills att han ändå inte tänker gifta sig med hans dotter utmanar denne honom på duell. Så långt går det dock aldrig, ty då Mills hör att hans dotters älskade skall ärva den rike amerikanen har han förstås inget emot deras äktenskap.

IN ENGLISH

Place: London, the chambers of Tobia Mill
18th Century

The servants Norton and Clarina discuss a letter which has arrived for their master, Tobias Mill. Regarding an impending marriage contract from a Canadian businessman, Slook, who is due to arrive later that day. Mill enters, flustered from calculating the distance from the Americas to Europe, and orders the household to prepare for Slook’s arrival, including the readying of his daughter, Fanny, whom he intends to marry off to the foreigner.

After everyone leaves, Fanny arrives with her lover, Eduardo Milfort; their love has been kept a secret from Mill due to Eduardo’s poor financial status. Norton enters and informs the lovers of the impending marriage contract, but their conversation is interrupted by Mill’s entrance as the carriage arrives bearing the Canadian.

Slook enters harassed by the servants who are trying to take his coat: he is clearly unaccustomed to European greetings. Mill encourages Slook to talk to Fanny and to get to know her, but she remains quite hostile, trying to express her disinterest in marrying him with many “but’s”.

However, she is soon joined by Eduardo, and they both threaten to cut out Slook’s eyes and puncture his veins. Slook departs to the safety of his room, Fanny and Eduardo to other quarters, as Clarina and Norton return. Before Slook comes back, Clarina expresses her experiences with love and, then upon his return, Norton informs him that the goods he is interested in acquiring are already mortgaged.

Slook

Infuriated by this contractual double-crossing, Slook refuses to buy Fanny and tells Mill this. However, he refuses to give a reason fearing retribution from the lovers. Mill then threatens Slook with the prospect of a duel for refusing to carry through with the contract he has incurred.

Having encountered three people who wish him dead within hours of his arrival in London, Slook prepares to leave and, when he returns from packing his belongings, he sees Fanny and Eduardo embracing, catching them red-handed, but they tell him about Mill’s business-managerial sentiments toward marriage and of Eduardo’s poor financial status; Slook responds by promising to make Eduardo his heir so that Fanny may be his.

Mill returns and prepares for his duel, although he fears that, if he dies, it may reflect poorly upon his reputation in the market. Slook reveals himself and clandestinely replaces a pistol with a peace pipe which Mill grabs, not realizing what it is. As they head to the field of battle (Slook armed with a pistol, Mill with a pipe), the ensemble rushes in and tries to convince Mill to give up the financial pretensions. Finally Slook convinces Mill to allow the couple to marry and all ends happily.

Gioacchino Rossini italiensk kompositör 1792-1868

Gioacchino Rossini italiensk kompositör 1792-1868

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Musik: Gioacchino Rossini|Libretto: Gaetano Rossi

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