Rota: Il cappello di paglia di Firenze / Buszewski, Miyus, Brull, Squeo, Graz Philharmonic

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"Look, when they tell me that in my music I am mainly concerned about bringing a bit of nostalgia and lots of good humor and optimism, well, I think that’s exactly how I’d like to be remembered: With a bit of nostalgia, lots of optimism, and good humor."

If only we listen to enough of his music (and not just his film music), Nino Rota’s wish should well come true. Not the least, if we lend our ears to his third (of ten) and most popular opera, the snappy Florentine Straw Hat (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze), which Rota wrote in Bari, after the War ended, and orchestrated a decade later for its premiere in Palermo.


The whole cast works hard under Daniele Squeo’s direction, which has verve. The recorded sound is clear. The opera is fun, the performance excellent and there is a feel-good factor to enterprise.

-- Opera Now

Product Description:

  • Release Date: March 03, 2023

  • Catalog Number: C5466

  • UPC: 845221054667

  • Label: Capriccio

  • Number of Discs: 2

  • Period: 20th Century

  • Composer: Nino Rota

  • Conductor: Daniele Squeo

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Chor der Oper Graz, Grazer Philharmoniker

  • Performer: Piotr Buszewski, Tetiana Miyus, Anna Brull, Daeho Kim, Ivan Orescanin, Antonia Cosmina Stancu, Dariusz Perczak, Martin Fournier, Mario Lerchenberger, Richard Friedemann Jahnig, Silvija Plese, Veli-Pekka Varpula, Julian Gaudiano


  1. Il cappello di paglia di Firenzea

    Composer: Nino Rota

    Ensemble: Graz Philharmonic Orchestra, Graz Opra Chorus

    Performer: Piotr Buszewski (Tenor), Tetiana Miyus (Soprano), Anna Brull (Mezzo-Soprano), Daeho Kim (Bass), Ivan Orescanin (Baritone), Antonia Cosmina Stancu (Mezzo-Soprano), Dariusz Perczak (Baritone), Martin Fournier (Tenor), Mario Lerchenberger (Tenor), Richard Jähnig (Bass), Silvija Plese (Mezzo-Soprano), Veli-Pekka Varpula (Tenor)

    Conductor: Daniele Squeo