Sex and power in the aftermath of a Middle Eastern war,
when 'Semiramide' opens the opera season in Naples,
reported by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
Naples enjoyed weather feeling more like Spring than late Fall on 18 November 2011; sunny, warm with a few daring swimmers at lunch time in the bay. The right weather for the inauguration, at 7pm, of the 2011-2012 opera season, consisiting of ten operas: seven in the grand Teatro San Carlo and three in the small Teatro di Corte (both theatres are housed within the Royal Palace), along with symphonic and chamber music seasons, as well as a few ballets. This is a turning point season because the Teatro San Carlo has had severe financial difficulties and had a major refurbishing (yet it maintains its ancient splendor because each element of the theatre is under the strict control of the Ministry of Culture and Antiquity). The season features only a few traditional repertory titles (such as Puccini's La bohème) and proposes mostly rarely heard operas...
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