Season 2014/2015

Il Campiello


Il Campiello, a Venetian square, is the real protagonist of the opera. The arrival of a penniless young man upsets the balance of the characters: widows eager to remarry, daughters of marriageable age, and particularly jealous boyfriends. Among the musical references to Mozart and Verdi's Falstaff, it is an entertaining and melancholy tribute by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari to his beloved Venetian playwright: «The characters of Goldoni I carried with me, at home, in my childish imagination. I made them live, at home, staging Goldoni with my puppet theater. The passion comes from there. Goldoni was already in my soul, and there was already music».

Il Campiello
Lyric comedy in three acts
Music by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Libretto by Mario Ghisalberti, from the comedy Il Campiello by Carlo Goldoni
In co-production with Fondazione Teatro Verdi di Trieste

Surtitles in Italian (adapted from the original Venetian libretto) and English.

Scarica il libretto dell'Opera in PDF


Francesco Cilluffo

Leo Muscato

Tiziano Santi

Silvia Aymonino

Light design
Alessandro Verazzi

Orchestra and Choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Alessandra Marianelli

Diana Mian

Barbara Bargnesi

Alessandro Scotto di Luzio

Patrizia Orciani

Donna Cate
Cristiano Olivieri

Donna Pasqua
Luca Canonici

Filippo Morace

Cavalier Astolfi
Clemente Antonio Daliotti

Fabrizio dei Ritorti
Luca Dall’Amico

It is morning in a Venetian square. The simpering Gasparina, tired of being always closed in the house, is hoping to marry soon; she has in fact already set her sights on the penniless knight Astolfi who is staying in the nearby inn. However, he can see from his terrace Lucieta, on the balcony waiting for her beloved Anzoleto the haberdasher, and remains infatuated. Gnese also makes inroads into the heart of Astolfi and he invites her to choose what she likes from Anzoleto's wares. For this purpose the haberdasher enters Gnese's home, provoking Lucieta's jealousy. Meanwhile, old Dona Pasqua and Orsola, the mothers of Gnese and Zorzeto, evaluate the possibility of having their children marry. When Anzoleto sees Zorzeto entering Lucieta's house to give her a flower (actually from Gnese) a lively discussion begins. After everyone has left the square, Astolfi and Gasparina meet in the street, with the promise to meet again soon.


Fabrizio, Gasparina's uncle, is disturbed by the constant noise of the small square. Anzoleto and the knight Astolfi appear, and after the first gives an engagement ring to Lucieta, the second invites all to celebrate at the inn. Gasparina, who does not want to mingle with such humble people, refuses indignantly. After lunch, the knight, who has became aware that Fabrizio is wealthy, asks him his niece's hand in marriage. In the Campiello meanwhile, the revelry continues with toasts and dances.


Fabrizio, exhausted by the confusion and in the process of moving, retires with the knight to discuss Gasparina's dowry. Meanwhile, the skirmishes between and Anzoleto and Lucieta ends up involving the whole neighborhood with much slapping and stone-throwing. Tempers are soothed by the invitation to dinner by Astolfi, eager to celebrate his upcoming wedding. Finally Gasparina, ready to leave Venice with her husband, greets the beloved little square.
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari


Born in Venice on January 12, 1876, he was encouraged by his father, the German painter August Wolf, to study art and music. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and the Akademie der Tonkunst in Munich. In 1899, in Venice, he received his first public recognition with the oratory La sulamita; but the following year the unfortunate outcome of the musical fairy tale Cenerentola forced him to move back to Monaco. For this city he composed Le donne curiose  (1903), I quattro rusteghi (1906) and the interlude Il segreto di Susanna (1909), works in which are evident his ties with Goldoni and Mozart, constant references in his production. After a long period of inactivity following the outbreak of World War I, he composed Sly (1927), La vedova scaltra (1931) and Il Campiello (1936), further tributes to the beloved Venetian playwright.
Francesco Ciluffo


Born in Turin in 1979, where he graduated in conducting and composition at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi. Graduated in the history of music from DAMS, he attended a master's degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and a doctorate at King's College of London, in the meantime with working with Gianluigi Gelmetti and Iván Fischer. Among his recent engagements are: Der König Kandaules at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Il trovatore in Lecco, and other historical Lombard theaters, L'Arlesiana at the Teatro Perglesi of Jesi, Tancredi in the theaters of the Circuito Lirico Lombardo, La cambiale di matrimonio at the Teatro Regio di Parma, Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. He has also composed several instrumental works and the operas Il caso Mortara and Edward II.

Leo Muscato


He was born in Martina Franca and studied Literature and Philosophy at the University La Sapienza in Rome. After joining the company of Luigi De Filippo, in 1997 he won the competition at the School of Dramatic Art Paolo Grassi in Milan. From 2005 to 2008 he was Artistic Director of the Company LeArt'-Teatro of Grottamare. In 2007, the National Association of Theatre Critics awarded him Best Director and in 2009 he made his debut in opera with the diptych La voix humaine/Pagliacci for the theaters of the Circuito Lirico Lombardo. The following year, he stagged La bohème for Opera Macerata Festival and in 2013 staged I masnadieri for the Verdi Festival in Parma and L'Africaine at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. In Florence in January 2014 he staged Nabucco, winner of the Premio Abbiati as the best production.


Sat 4 October, ore 20:30
Thu 2 October, ore 20:30
Tue 30 September, ore 20:30
Sun 28 September, ore 15:30
Thu 25 September, ore 20:30

Stalls 1 € 70
Stalls 2 € 55
Stalls 3 € 40
Boxes / Gallery 1 € 20
Gallery 2 € 15
Limited visibility € 10

Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Piazzale Vittorio Gui, 1
50144 Firenze

Dettagli e mappa
Oltre il sipario

September 25, 19:45
September 28, 14:45
September 30, 19:45
October 2, 19:45
October 4, 19.45

September 23, 16.00
From Campiello to the Tuscan Canzoniere
quarrels and sighs, amorous languor and pute da maridar
Conversation-concert by Silvano Sanesi and Il Foyer
British Institute Florence
Lungarno Guicciardini, 9
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