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Host Sean Bianco brings you a full-length opera featuring great voices from the past and present followed by “Opera Potpourri.”
La finta giardiniera "The Pretend Garden-Girl" is an Italian opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart wrote it in Munich in January 1775 when he was 18 years old and it received its first performance on January 13 at the Salvatortheater in Munich. There is debate over the authorship of the libretto; the current belief is that it was written by Giuseppe Petrosellini.
In 1780 Mozart converted the opera into a German Singspiel which involved rewriting some of the music. Until a copy of the complete Italian version was found in the 1970s.
This 1991 recording stars Ezio di Cesare and Brigitte Fassbaender. Leopold Hager conducts.