Notes and Editorial Reviews
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s prolific early career succeeded in launching a fundamental renewal of opera buffa, offering a clear alternative to the dominance of Wagner and Puccini, while his Venetian upbringing inspired a songlike and lyrical style. With its subtle orchestration and vivacious Mediterranean charm, Il segreto di Susanna (‘Susanna’s Secret’) is a magical comic opera that became a box office success in its day and remains one of Wolf-Ferrari’s most frequently performed works. The early Serenade reveals his innate gift for inspired melody, expressing both carefree bliss and bitter melancholy.
The comic opera's music is very good, witty but never banal. Indeed, it's almost on a
par with such first-rate Italian composers as Martucci and late Verdi, which is saying something.. Soprano Howarth has an absolutely gorgeous voice and, as the performances progresses, reveals herself as a fine vocal actress.
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Il segreto di Susanna by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Angel Odena (Baritone),
Judith Howarth (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909; Munich, Germany
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