Acest impresar, acele vremuri…
O sa trisez putin recomandand aceasta carte pe care, din lipsa de timp, n-am apucat inca s-o citesc: Domenico Barbaja a fost impresarul lui Rossini, al lui Rubini si a avut o mare influenta in evolutia carierelor lui Donizetti, Bellini, Colbran, Paganini etc. Este prima biografie a acestui personaj spectaculos, Rossini l-a catalogat “the most ferocious opera director”.
Am tot rasfoit-o zilele astea si am dat peste o intamplare despre premiera operei “Matilde di Shabran” pe care am avut norocul s-o vad pe scena. Ghici cine a dirijat premiera:
“Paganini spent several months in the south, and was performing in Palermo while Rossini was in Naples preparing the opera “Matilde di Shabran” for the Roman Apollo Opera, Paganini had hoped to accompany Rossini when he travelled up from Naples to Rome in November but he was unable to go north until January, so he rejoined his friend in Rome.
Paganini’s timing could have not been better. Rossini had become exasperated by the obstacles that were being thrown in his way in Rome, a situation that was exacerbated when the planned conductor of the opera suddenly died. Paganini himself jumped into the breach to conduct the first few performances of “Matile di Shabran”, and even played what was meant to be a horn solo on the violin, after the horn player fell ill before a performance.
Rossini and Paganini celebrated by joining in the carnival festivities incognito with two friends dressed up like blind musicians, busking for hand-outs from passers-by. Rossini exaggerated his already impressive physique by stuffing his clothing, and the stick-thin Paganini wore feminine attire to accentuate his slicky body to give it an utterly cadaverous appearance. For Paganini, this is unlikely to have been much of a costume: the German writer and essayist Heinrich Heine wrote that Paganini always looked as if he were on his deathbed.” (Philip Eisenbeiss, “The life and Times of the Legendary Opera Impresario DOMENICO BARBAJA”).
Anecdota despre nasterea ariei “Di tanti palpiti” o stiti? Revin!