"If you were thinking of spicing up a little known Baroque opera with a bit of sex, cross dressing and the odd reference to EastEnders, Haydn wouldn’t be the first composer to spring to mind would he ? Well, actually, yes he would, if you were opera director Jeff Clarke."
Originally created for The English Players, Il Mondo della Luna was absorbed into the OdL repertoire and was also revived at the Iford Festival.
In many ways Il Mondo della Luna embodies what Opera della Luna is all about. It features a witty but ridiculous plot by Goldoni charmingly set by Haydn. Haydn suffers from being hugely in Mozart's shadow operatically but Goldoni was, and always will be, a milestone of stage comedy. Freely adapted and translated, "Mondo" offered an opportunity to show what we could do. The original production was notable in bringing together some great voices at the beginning of their careers, and the Iford revival with new costumes by Gabriella Csanyi-Wills and sets by Elroy Ashmore was equally rewarding.