- 2 hr 44 min
Alidoro, an unknown opera by Leonardo Leo, an important maestro in the first phase of the Neapolitan school, imposes new styles and contents on the genre of music comedy. Leo was living through a particularly intense period of activity in 1740: six theatrical titles including re-elaborations and new productions among which was L'Alidoro. With its highly personal skill, the librettist Federico drafted a comedy in which characters speak different languages (Neapolitan or Tuscan) according to their social status and work on different levels: one comic the other serious. Cirillo, director of this modern revival, explains how in this opera "nothing" is happening excepting a subtle and gorgeous relational game among the seven protagonists. As in a Marivaux work, just social differences count here where middle class members are attracted to servants and servants are attracted to their peers. In this carillon of walk in and out, as in a Feydeau comedy they go on stage only for shadowing, peeking out or courting somebody else. The site where this is going to happen isn't so important, it could be.. at theatre... In "Alidoro" everybody is infected by the doubt.