A Memorable Experience
'Giordano's wishes were admirably followed ...'
'Russia with Love' can mean almost anything. So far in my case it has involved only an
honorary doctorate and professorship. Others have experienced the fatality of knives,
bullets and mysterious poisons. The second of Giordano's mainstay operas involves the
assassination, masterminded by a young woman, of Tsar Alexander II. He had liberated the
serfs in 1861, two years before Lincoln did the same for American slaves. Not that their
apparent generosity saved either of them from a murderous end. The opera wanders from a
violent St Petersburg, via a Paris absorbed in standard operatic gaiety, to a Bernese
Oberland where passions should be as pure as the mountain air.
Mirella Freni as Princess Fedora Romazoff and Plácido Domingo as Count Loris Ipanoff. DVD screenshot © 1993 Radiotelevisione Italiana
Copyright © 28 January 2007
Robert Anderson, London UK