Sarasota Opera goes for comedy in fall production of ‘Secret Marriage.’

Brenna Markey as Elisetta and Hanna Brammer as Carolina in the Sarasota Opera production of “The Secret Marriage.”

Brenna Markey as Elisetta and Hanna Brammer as Carolina in the Sarasota Opera production of “The Secret Marriage.”

The Sarasota Opera will uncover quite a few secrets this autumn with its first production of the rarely seen Domenico Cimarosa comic opera “The Secret Marriage” and a revival of the Sarasota Youth Opera production of “The Cloak-and-dagger of Og.”

The biggest hugger-mugger about “Spousal relationship” may be why the composer, who wrote more than 80 operas, most of them comedies, is not better known today.

“He was one of the most influential composers of his time, more Mozart during his time, and their lives overlapped,” creative director Victor DeRenzi said.


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Stefano De Peppo, right, plays a social climbing father, and Hanna Brammer plays his younger daughter in the Domenico Chimarosa comic opera “The Secret Marriage” at the Sarasota Opera.

Stefano De Peppo, right, plays a social climbing father, and Hanna Brammer plays his younger daughter in the Domenico Chimarosa comic opera “The Secret Marriage” at the Sarasota Opera.

“The Clandestine Wedlock” (“Il matrimonio segreto”) premiered in 1792, a yr after Mozart died, and was well received and popular. DeRenzi, who volition be leading the Sarasota Orchestra for the company’s five performances, conducted three different productions of the piece of work in 1976. “Opera lovers know this opera,” he said. “The Hush-hush Marriage” is considered the all-time known and almost popular and indelible of Cimarosa’s repertoire.

The opera features just 6 performers, each central to the story of a social climber named Geronimo, who hopes to raise his standing in society by marrying off his older girl, Elisetta, to Count Robinson, who actually has his center on the younger daughter, Carolina. Nobody is aware Carolina is already secretly married to Geronimo’s secretarial assistant, Paolino.

Stefano De Peppo, who plays Geronimo, has known the opera for years, having sung the role of the count about 25 years ago. Filippo Fontana, who plays Count Robinson this time, previously sang the role of the new husband, Paolino.

De Peppo said the opera’s structure is like to more gimmicky works. “It comes from plays that came from the commedia delle’arte form. The characters of commedia are transposed to the opera.” His function is the “typical grumpy older guy.” It is besides typical of the kind of roles on which De Peppo has built his career.

“I didn’t choose to become this kind of performer. I’thou definitely not a funny guy in my daily life,” he said. “Information technology happened past accident. I was called to sing a small function in a comic opera, and I stood out.”

DeRenzi disagrees and said De Peppo “is very funny. In that location are times when I’k watching him, waiting for what he’s going to do. He has sure instincts.”

De Peppo said, “I try to think from the audition how I would like my character to be performed. I similar to sentinel interesting dynamics on stage when I’m in the audience.”

Those instincts allow director Stephanie Sundine to assist build on what De Peppo and the other performers bring to their roles. “All these people bring their gifts to this production and that helps to build the comedy and every bit outrageous every bit information technology is in a couple of places, it works beautifully,” she said.

The cast includes Hanna Brammer as Carolina, Brenna Markey as Elisetta, Lisa Chavez equally Fidalma (Geronimo’due south sister) and Levi Hamlin equally Paolino.


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Sarasota Opera stage director Stephanie Sundine and, her husband, Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi, are working together on the company’s first production of “The Secret Marriage.”

Sarasota Opera phase managing director Stephanie Sundine and, her husband, Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi, are working together on the company’due south first product of “The Secret Spousal relationship.”

Richard Russell, who is marking his 10th yr equally full general director of Sarasota Opera (though he has been affiliated with the company much longer), said “The Surreptitious Marriage” is “a piece we talked about for a while. Nosotros’re trying something a little different by doing an opera that is less well known in the fall.”

Russell said staging popular operas in the fall impacts the winter season.

“We’ve washed ‘La Traviata’ in the autumn twice, only haven’t done it in the winter since 1998 and that’s a very popular piece. And we’ve done ‘Rigoletto’ twice in the fall just non in the winter for a while,” he said.

“The Secret Wedlock” may not have the name recognition, merely Sundine said, “There’southward a lot that goes on. It’s a wonderfully entertaining story with a couple of terrific twists in the plot. The characters are very involved with one another and 1 wants to follow what’south going to happen with every i of them.”

The tone of the story and the musical story makes it “the closest thing to Mozart I’ve ever directed,” she said.

The company has loosened COVID health regulations since the winter season. Masks are encouraged but not required as they were final winter, and in that location are no longer checks for vaccine status as patrons enter the theater.

“We know in that location are some people who were resistant to our health protocols and some people who are yet hesitant to come back considering they don’t want to be in large crowds,” Russell said, adding that “we’re seeing our subscription sales well-nigh dorsum to pre-pandemic levels, and then that’due south encouraging.”

The production runs through Nov. 12, with a weekend break for the Sarasota Youth Opera production of “The Hole-and-corner World of Og,” nigh a subterranean world where little green creatures live under the children’due south playhouse.

The ii works will lead into a winter season that begins in February with Puccini’due south “Madame Butterfly” and includes Mozart’south “Don Giovanni,” Verdi’due south “Ernani” and the Sarasota premiere of Jules Massenet’s “Thérèse.”

‘The Secret Marriage’

By Domenico Chimarosa. Conducted by Victor DeRenzi, staged past Stephanie Sundine. Runs Oct. 28-Nov. 12, Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Tickets are $25-$150. 941-328-1300; sarasotaopera.org

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This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Sarasota Opera goes for comedy in fall production of ‘Undercover Wedlock.’

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