OPERA: Gioacchino Rossini - L'occasione fa il ladro
‘L’occasione fa il ladro’ – “never heard it!” – “Of course you have!” – the intermezzo aria for Elvira in the celebrated Italiana production in Erl came from this unknown Rossini farce; Rossini lifted the storm in Il Barbiere di Siviglia straight from the overture to his own early one-act work. The dining scene from Mozart’s Don Giovanni is also copied, or let’s say “freely borrowed.” This cheerful farce whose title can be interpreted as An Open Door May Tempt a Saint seems to be a motto. The carefree story of confusion is a prime example of Rossini’s musical ingenuity and offers the ideal platform for the eagerly awaited debut of Patrick Hahn as an opera conductor together with a young Rossini ensemble, the most recent fruits of the work of the Accademia di Montegral. Following his incisive production of L’Italiana in Algeri in 2016, Wolfgang Berthold is again the stage director.