L´occasione fa il ladro is one of the five one-act operas - farsa giocosa - in which the teenage Rossini first demonstrated his operatic genius.
This farce about arranged marriages, role reversals and other amorous confusions is, in musical terms, by far the most riotous of these five operatic jewels – all performed in the intricately decorated Rococo Theatre at Schwetzingen Palace and all available on the EuroArts lable.
Renowned opera director Michael Hampe’s sparkling production is perfectly suited to the small stage of the historic theatre. The operas were recorded live in 1992 with an excellent cast of principals led by Susan Patterson, Robert Gambill and Natale de Carolis, and Gianluigi Gelmetti’s refreshingly fast-paced leadership of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra maintains the light musical touch of this “joyous farce” while at the same time setting a benchmark for the reading of these tiny gems among Rossini’s operas.
Gioacchino Rossini: L´occasione fa il ladro