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Performer: Dante Ferretti

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Netrebko returns to La traviata at La Scala

Anna Netrebko takes her curtain call at La Scala © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Netrebko's Violetta is now fuller in body and voice than in her former incarnation. Goodbye to the fresh-faced damsel we saw in Salzburg; hello to a larger-than-life courtesan in her twilight years.
*****
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Rossini's Otello returns to its birthplace in Naples

John Osborn (Otello) and Nino Machaidze (Desdemona) © Luciano Romano | Teatro San Carlo
Suggesting that Otello was a migrant, like modern refugees, was not a great staging idea for a production which could count on an high-rate vocal cast.
****1
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La traviata in the Belle Époque

This revival of a 2012 staging by Ferzan Ozpetek tells the story efficiently, while conductor Nello Santi only at times made us experience all the emotional depths this opera contains.
***11
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Unas bodas sin postín: Le nozze di Figaro en El Escorial

Las bodas de Fígaro en El Escorial © Jaime Villanueva
La directora Yi-Chen Lin fue, junto con Simón Orfila, la mayor baza para levantar esta producción que ha ofrecido el Festival de Verano de El Escorial.
***11
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Inoxydable Bohème

Cela fait près de vingt ans – et plus de cent représentations – que cette production de La Bohème, mise en scène par Jonathan Miller, ravit les spectateurs de l’Opéra de Paris.
***11
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