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Il cappello di paglia di Firenze

Il cappello di paglia di Firenze (literally translated as The Florentine Straw Hat but usually titled in English language productions as The Italian Straw Hat) is an opera by Nino Rota[1] to an Italian-language libretto by the composer and Ernesta Rota, based on the play Le chapeau de paille d'Italie by Eugène Labiche and Marc Michel.[2]

The opera premièred at the Teatro Massimo, Palermo on 21 April 1955. The first performance in the United States was at the Santa Fe Opera in 1977, with Stephen Dickson in the supporting role of Emilio. The first New York City performance, starring Vincenzo Manno as Fadinard, took place in 1978.

Two movies have been made, both by RAI and initially for Italian television. Gregoretti shot the first in 1974 at Cinecittà; it was first broadcast in January 1975.[3] Its celebrated soundtrack, recorded at RCA studios in Italy, was conducted by Rota himself and starred mezzo-soprano Viorica Cortez as well as such other respected opera singers as Daniela Mazzucato, Ugo Benelli, Alfredo Mariotti, Mario Basiola, and Giorgio Zancanaro; it was originally released by RCA and has more recently been available on the Ricordi label (with Mazzucato's name misspelled). Copies of the Gregoretti movie itself, quite rare to find, make collector's items, though the movie is preserved and was screened as recently as 2009 in Italy for IRTEM members.[4] The second movie was made in 1999 under the direction of Pier Luigi Pizzi. Bruno Campanella led a cast headed by Norberg-Schulz, Franci, Flórez, Antoniozzi, and G. Furlanetto. In addition, Opera d'Oro markets a live Brussels recording from 1976 conducted by Boncompagni; Devia, Olivero, E. Giménez, Davià, and Socci sing the lead roles.

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