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- UBC Opera: The Florentine Straw Hat
UBC Opera: The Florentine Straw Hat
FARSA MUSICALE IN FOUR ACTS
SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
Nino Rota composer
Nino Rota, Ernesta Rota Rinaldi librettists
UBC Opera Ensemble
UBC Symphony Orchestra
Jonathan Girard conductor
Nancy Hermiston director
The Florentine Straw Hat (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze) is an exhilarating comedy based on the famous nineteenth-century French farce which inspired René Clair’s classic silent film An Italian Straw Hat. Nino Rota – who was also a celebrated composer of film music, including The Godfather and many films directed by Fellini – co-wrote the libretto for Il cappello di paglia di Firenze and composed the music in 1945. His witty and brilliant satire on the petty conventions of respectable society is presented in music in the tradition of Rossini, Puccini, and Verdi.
The farcical story concerns a bridegroom’s quest to replace a straw hat eaten by his horse. Unfortunately, the hat belonged to a married lady who was dallying with her lover, and she fears discovery if she returns home hatless. An unpromising start to a wedding day!