Dvorák's 'Rusalka' in Rome
impresses GIUSEPPE PENNISI
A few weeks ago (on 17 November 2014) I reported on the deep troubles of Rome's Opera House, named Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Capitale: huge financial debt and deficit, major restructuring requested by various levels of Government to provide further assistance, objections to the plan by some unions (especially those of the chorus and orchestra), the stern position taken by the new management (namely mass firing of chorus and orchestra), and Riccardo Muti calling it quits (at least from the two operas he was expected to conduct in the 2014-15 season, Aida and Le Nozze di Figaro). Many observers thought that Italy's capital city was in for a long diet without opera performances from the major house.
After five weeks of around-the-clock negotiations, the 2014-15 seasons was inaugurated on 27 November with a rarely staged opera: Antonín Dvořák's Rusalka. In short, the unions agreed to the industrial plan proposed by the management, the loss of some perks (and the suspension of others for as long as the financial situation continues to be worrisome)...
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