Haydn: La vera costanza | University of Oxford

Haydn: La vera costanza

Speaker
Conductor: Joseph Beesley, Assistant conductor: Toby Stanford, Director: Michael Burden
Event date
Event time
20:00 - 22:30
Venue
New College
Ante-chapel
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BN
Event type
Concerts
Event cost
£12/£6 concession
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

Haydn’s hilarious opera starts with a storm sequence which sees Baroness Irene, Ernesto, Lisetta, and Villotto rescued from a shipwreck by Rosina and Masino. Irene is intent on dissuading Count Errico from marrying the fisherwoman Rosina. But we discover that the Count has ALREADY married (and abandoned) Rosina, who has had a child by him. Neither the Count nor the Baroness and her retinue know of the child’s existence. The Baroness is promoting Villotto as a husband for Rosina, an impossibility that descends into farce, when the Count suddenly appears, threatening to kill his rival with a pistol. And so the opera proceeds, with Ernesto threatening Masino with a dagger, and other improbable - incidents!