Hans Werner Henze's 'The Bassarids',
reviewed by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma usually selects a rather well-known title to inaugurate its season. The opera chosen is generally not very long to allow for extended intermissions and dinner parties where ladies can show their evening dresses and gentlemen their tuxedos. This year, the new management team made the bold decision to start the season with Hans Werner Henze's two hour one act tragedy The Bassarids in its original English version. In Italy, The Bassarids was performed only once — in La Scala's 1967-68 season — for a few evenings, and in a German translation...
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