A Verdi pilgrimage to Liège for Jérusalem

Verdi: Jérusalem ****

Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, 17th March 2017

Asked to list Verdi’s operas, even the most knowledgeable may come a cropper over Jérusalem. Even Parma’s infamous “Club dei 27”, whose members each take the name of an opera, doesn’t rank it among their number when it meets every October at the foot of the Verdi Monument to sing “Va, pensiero”. Opportunities to see Jérusalem are all too rare, so kudos to Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, artistic director at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, for this plucky new staging. It is a co-production with Turin’s Teatro Regio, where the opera will be given in its original version, I Lombardi.

Elaine Alvarez (Hélène) and Marc Laho (Gaston)
© Lorraine Wauters | Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

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