L'Amico Fritz

Valentino Monticello

TitleL’Amico Fritz
ArtistValentino Monticello
Paper Size (W x H)24 x 19 ins
Edition Size195
Price £240.00

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This stunning work of art by Valentino Monticello, L'amico Fritz, is produced, in accordance with the artist’s customary technique of cutting and shaping only the labels taken from bottles of fine wine in order to create the collage. All the wines used here emanate from Alsace, so as to add to the atmosphere of the scene.

L'amico Fritz is an opera in three acts by Pietro Mascagni from a libretto by P. Suardon (Nicola Daspuro). It is based on the French novel L'ami Fritz by Émile Erckmann and Pierre-Alexandre Chatrian. The opera was first performed in Rome at the Teatro Costanzi in 1891. While the opera enjoyed some success in its day and is probably Mascagni's second most popular work after Cavalleria Rusticana, today it is rarely performed.

The opera tells the story of Fritz Kobus, a wealthy landowner who has sworn to remain a bachelor. However, Fritz's friend, the rabbi David, bets him his vineyard that within a year, he will get married. On Fritz's birthday, Suzel, the young daughter of Fritz's tenant, arrives with a gift of flowers. After learning that Suzel is to be married soon, Fritz realizes that he has actually fallen in love with the girl. Eventually, with the help of David, Fritz and Suzel are married. Both the story and the music create a subdued and idyllic atmosphere that makes it irresistible and charming.

The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.

About the Artist

Valentino Monticello

Valentino Monticello has three passions: wine, opera, and art. An exceptional talent, Monticello cuts and shapes his favourite wine labels into unique artworks.

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