Opera North · Leeds · February 1991

This piece was created by Francisco Negrin and Paul Griffiths using arias and ensembles Mozart wrote for singers to include in operas by other composers or for his own unfinished pieces. There are also a couple of concert arias, but even those have text from opera libretti. In the pure 18th century tradition of Pasticcio, a new piece was born, entirely by Mozart. The show was progressively fine-tuned over several revivals, culminating with performances at Glydbourne which were the first ever performances there by an outside company and also z the last in the original theatre....

Production Team
Set: Anthony Baker
Costumes: Anthony Baker
Lighting: David Cunningham
Conductor: Elgar Howarth

Casts included
Mark curtis, Quentin Hayes, Mary Hegarty, Barry Banks, Pamela Helen Stephen, Jennifer Rhys-Davies, Stephen Richardson

"Francisco Negrin's image rich production and Anthony Baker's brilliantly inventive set subtly evoke the diametrically opposed worlds of the composer and his performers. Negrin directs his singers with a delectable light touch and, when necessary, startling emotional intensity. Opera North invariably seems to strike gold these days."

Hugh Canning
The Sunday Times
24 February 1991

"If anything more ingenious and original happens by way of a special event in Mozart year, then I will eat my hat. The ingenious and stylish staging by Francisco Negrin and Anthony Baker greatly enhances the poetry of Griffith's vision."

Rodney Milnes
Opera Magazine
April 1991