GIUSEPPE PENNISI experiences
Ravenna's first performance of
Britten's 'The Rape of Lucretia'
In Italy, more than elsewhere, the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth is overshadowed by the Verdi and Wagner bicentenaries. Verdi is seen as one of the few 'national' composers and Wagner as his German counterpart in the nineteenth century national unification movements. Thus, it is mightily important that three theatres have joined forces to produce one of Britten's most interesting works: The Rape of Lucretia. They are the Ravenna Teatro Alighieri (where I saw the performance on 22 March 2013), the Reggio Emilia Teatro Pavarotti (where the opera will be performed in April) and the Teatro del Maggio Musical Fiorentino (where several performances are programmed in the latter part of May)...
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