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14 Dec 2004

Rossini's La Pietra del Paragone at Opéra de Fribourg

LA PIETRA DEL PARAGONE (La pierre de touche) Melodramma giocoso en deux actes de Gioacchino Rossini Livret de Luigi Romanelli (1751-1839) Créé à la Scala de Milan le 26 septembre 1812 Le comte Asdrubal est entouré de trois femmes qui...

LA PIETRA DEL PARAGONE
(La pierre de touche)

Melodramma giocoso en deux actes
de Gioacchino Rossini

Livret de Luigi Romanelli (1751-1839)

Créé à la Scala de Milan
le 26 septembre 1812

Le comte Asdrubal est entouré de trois femmes qui cherchent à l'épouser, mais il n'est aimé que d'une seule, Clarice. Fatigué de leurs assiduités et de l'empressement d'un journaliste vénal, d'un homme de lettres ridicule et d'un jeune poète, le comte monte un stratagème: il prétend etre ruiné. Et tous de l'abandonner sauf Clarice et le poète Giocondo. Mais Clarice décide à son tour de se jouer de lui. Il est au désespoir jusqu'à ce que Giocondo réconcilie les amants.

Conjuguant les jeux fugaces de l'amour et du hasard à une peinture assez sardonique de la société, La Pierre de touche souleva un tel enthousiasme lors de sa création qu'elle rendit son auteur aussitot célèbre dans toute l'Italie. On ne comprend pas comment une telle œuvre, l'une des plus brillantes partitions de Rossini, si riche de juvénile gaieté, d'inventions mélodiques virtuoses et d'impertinence heureuse, nous est restée si longtemps inconnue...

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