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The Quality of Mercy

GIUSEPPE PENNISI visits the
2011 Aix-en-Provence Festival and
reports on four of the six operas

 

'The quality of mercy' can be taken as the common theme of the six operas presented at the 2011 Aix-en-Provence Festival (5-25 July). Mercy mixed with melancholy underlines Thanks to my eyes by the young Italian-Swiss composer Oscar Bianchi, the inaugural opera of the three week run of music (in parallel) in four different theatres. Mercy and forgiveness are the focus of the new production of Verdi's La traviata. Mercy is, of course, the core of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito. A special kind of sarcastic mercy, against all kinds of stupid bureaucracies, is the essence of Shostakovich's The Nose...

Copyright © 14 July 2011 Giuseppe Pennisi,
Rome, Italy

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AIX-EN-PROVENCE

GIUSEPPE VERDI

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH

COLIN DAVIS

LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

FRANCE

DAVID MCVICAR

NATALIE DESSAY

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