Tag Archives: Verdi

Royal Opera’s Don Carlo revival fails to ignite

Verdi: Don Carlo *** Royal Opera, Covent Garden, 12th May 2017 “What a day, what a day for an auto-da-fé” sings the chorus in Bernstein’s Candide, “It’s a lovely day for drinking and for watching people fry!” The Royal Opera … Continue reading

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Betrayal, vengeance and a Scottish fantasy: Verdi’s rarity Aroldo staged by UC Opera

Verdi: Aroldo UC Opera, Theatre Royal Stratford East, 20th March 2017 Two Verdi operatic rewrites within four days! But whereas Jérusalem (reviewed in Liège on Friday) was a proper revision of I Lombardi for Verdi’s first Paris Opéra commission, Aroldo … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Plums and turkeys: a musical voyage around 2016

Most people I know cannot wait to see the back of 2016. But in the year in which Brexit, Trump and the Grim Reaper were the big winners, I admit to having had a terrific twelve months. A whirl of … Continue reading

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Verdi at full throttle: an exhilarating Attila returns to La Fenice

Verdi: Attila **** Teatro La Fenice, Venice, 9th December 2016 On the nearby island of Torcello, there is a stone throne which is said to have been used by Attila, King of the Huns, during his 5th-century invasion of Italy. … Continue reading

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