15 Feb 2006

Mozart's `Garden Girl' Has Mad Love, Harnoncourt in Zurich


By Shirley Apthorp

Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) -- There is no doubt that ``La Finta Giardiniera,'' written by the 19-year-old Mozart, is weaker than his mature operas like ``Cosi fan Tutte'' or ``Don Giovanni.'' The libretto rambles, the plot is absurd, the arias are full of repeats. So why bother?