The distinguished American composer and pianist John Musto, known for his songs, chamber music, operas, and Emmy Award-winning soundtracks, joins fellow pianist and opera director Michael Barrett and a cast of stellar singers in the beautiful courtyard of Castello di Amorosa. Together they perform this hilarious, one-act comic opera about marriage (and wine), with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning librettist, Mark Campbell. Bastianello is loosely based on an Italian folktale and sung in English, and depicts the titular character’s encounters with six fools, one made wiser by a tragic blunder.
“Musto’s lacework music,” wrote New York Magazine, “transforms the story into something delicate and bittersweet.”
Bastianello appears as part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series
Special thanks to Westin Verasa Napa
First Republic Bank Stage at Castello di Amorosa
Rising above the hills in the Napa Valley is Castello di Amorosa, which translates to the “castle of love” in Italian. Castello di Amorosa is an authentically-styled, thirteenth century Tuscan castle winery replete with high walls, five defensive towers, and over 30 acres of estate vineyards. It was built over a 14-year period by Dario Sattui, a fourth generation winemaker and owner of V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, California.