A Memorable Evening
GIUSEPPE PENNISI reports on the
Richard Strauss masterpiece co-produced by
Rome's Teatro dell'Opera and the Salzburg Festival
The last opera presented by the Teatro dell'Opera of Rome in the 2010-2011 season deserves very high marks. It enthralled the audience for 105 minutes, and then there erupted fifteen minutes of applause, standing ovation and accolades to the conductor (Stefan Soltesz), the protagonist (Eva Johansson) and the full cast. The Mayor of Rome awaited the artists (after they changed their clothes) and offered them and a few guests a reception to celebrate the event. The success was very unusual because Friday 30 September 2011 (the opening night of the production in Rome) was a very warm evening -- at the end of a rarely hot week; well off Romans (like the Teatro dell'Opera opening night subscribers) normally migrate to their beach homes late on Friday afternoon and leave several orchestra rows and boxes empty...
Copyright © 2 October 2011