Malin Hartelius plays Rosina, a young woman who's more clever than she seems, in La finta semplice.
Malin Hartelius (Rosina); Josef Wagner (Cassandro); Matthias Klink (Polidoro); Marina Comparato (Giacinta); Silvia Moi (Ninetta); Jeremy Ovenden (Fracasso); Milijenko Turk (Simone)
Michael Hofstetter, conductor
As Cassandro, baritone Josef Wagner plays a wealthy man who's leery of love, but meets his match in the deceptively innocent Rosina.
Malin Hartelius and Josef Wagner play reluctant lovers in Mozart's amorous comedy La finta semplice, at the Salzburg Festival.
Soprano Malin Hartelius is a native of Sweden, and studied music at the Vienna Conservatory.
She began her career as a member of the Vienna State Opera in 1989, and later joined the Zurich Opera House, singing roles in a number of Mozart operas, including Pamina in The Magic Flute, Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio, and Elvira in Don Giovanni. After her debuts at the Ludwigsburger Festival (1990) and Schwetzinger Festival (1991), Malin Hartelius appeared for the first time at the Salzburg Festival in 1992, as Barbarina in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
Hartelius's other roles include Sophie in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier at the German State Opera in Berlin and the Vienna State Opera, Adele in Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus at the Opera Bastille in Paris and Munich's Bavarian State Opera, and Najade in Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos at the Munich Opera Festival.
The Austrian baritone Josef Wagner began singing as a member of a boys' choir, and studied voice at Vienna's University for Music and the Arts.
Wagner made his operatic debut as Don Alfonso in Mozart's Cosí fan tutte. From 2002 to 2005 he was a regular artist at the Vienna Volksoper, singing roles including Publio in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, Alidoro in Rossini's La Cenerentola and Colline in Puccini's La Bohéme. He has also played Lord Sidney in Rossini's The Journey to Reims and Fra Melitone in Verdi's La Forza del Destino, both at the Bern Opera.
Wagner's portrayal of Cassandro in La finta semplice was his Salzburg Festival debut. Future plans include the title role in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and Nachtigall in Wagner's Die Meistersinger at the Grand Theatre of Geneva. His concert performances have included appearances with conductors Ton Koopman, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Dennis Russell Davies.