'Giovanna D'Arco' in the Farnese Theater,
reviewed by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
In a Verdi Festival centered on operas based on Friedrich Schiller's tragedies, it is natural to include Giovanna D'Arco [seen 2 October 2016], a rarely performed 1845 work which some critics see as a bridge between the seven operas of Verdi's youth and the composer's mature work. Others consider it as a rather incomplete and hasty operation. Verdi himself had a soft spot for this opera. He thought that it was one of his best, and broke relationships with La Scala for several decades because he assumed that the work's poor success was due to the inexpensive, even cheap, production at the premiere...
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