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Verdi’s I due Foscari at La Fenice – Luca Salsi, Francesco Meli & Anastasia Bartoli; directed by Grischa Asagaroff; conducted by Sebastiano Rolli

Verdi’s opera about the fifteenth-century Doge of Venice, Francesco Foscari, which he composed in 1844 after Ernani, itself having been premiered in that city (and given in a new production at La Fenice earlier this year, also with Anastasia Bartoli in the principal female role). But owing to a critical stance in the work towards the […]

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Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso in Venice – Sonia Prina, Micheal Antenucci & Lucia Cirillo; directed by Fabio Ceresa; conducted by Diego Fasolis

Orlando furioso (1727) was Vivaldi’s third setting of the famous story from Ariosto’s epic: composed when he was attempting to re-establish his operatic career in his native Venice after a period away, he produced one of his richest, most varied scores. In fact, he had hoped for a commission from the most prestigious house, the Teatro

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Verdi’s Ernani at La Fenice, Venice – Piero Pretti, Anastasia Bartoli, Ernesto Petti; directed by Andrea Bernard; conducted by Riccardo Frizza

Ernani (1844) was the first of several operas commissioned from Verdi by La Fenice (La traviata would be among them) and so a new production, as this by Andrea Bernard, at Venice must inevitably have particular resonance there, despite its being based upon Victor Hugo’s play about an episode in early-sixteenth-century Spanish history. Insofar as there is

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