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Teatro La Fenice 2023-24 Review: Ariadne auf Naxos


(Photo: ©Michele Crosera) Teatro La Fenice was transformed into a palace of playfulness and passion for Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos.” The last time I saw this opera was in 2011 at the Met and in that space, I felt, there was just too much space. Therefore, to experience “Ariadne auf Naxos” in a more intimate space such as La Fenice {…}

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Teatro La Fenice 2023 – 24 Review: Bajazet


(Photo: Michele Crosera) Having laughed, smiled and clapped its way through the opening night of Teatro La Fenice’s production of Vivaldi’s “Bajazet,” the audience greeted the artists at the final curtain with warm applause. However, it was not a reaction shared by everyone; the final notes had barely been played before some members of the audience were beating their way {…}


Francesco Meli, Lidia Fridman, Marina Monzò & Luca Salsi Lead Teatro La Fenice’s 2024-25 Season


The Teatro La Fenice has announced its 2024-25 season. Opera Myung-Whun Chung conducts Verdi’s “Otello” in a new production by Fabio Ceresa. Francesco Meli sings the title role in a cast that also stars Francesca Dotto and Luca Micheletti. Performance Dates: Nov. 20-Dec. 1, 2024 Marina Monzò, Francesco Demuro, and Nicola Alaimo star in Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Diego Matheuz conducts. Performance {…}

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Teatro La Fenice 2024 Review: Don Giovanni


(Photo credit: Michele Crosera) Having seen more versions of “Don Giovanni” than there are sands on the beach, I can attest that the greatness of the opera is seldom undermined by a less than optimum staging. However, when the staging is good—or even great—, one feels that there is no better opera than “Don Giovanni.” The revival of Damiano Michieletto’s {…}


Royal Opera House Muscat & Teatro La Fenice Initiate New Collaborations


The Royal Opera House Muscat and Teatro La Fenice have met to discuss future collaborations. On a recent visit to Teatro La Fenice his Highness Sayyid Dr. Kamil Fahad Al Said, the Secretary General in the General Secretariat for the Council of Ministers and Member of the Board of Directors of Royal Opera House Muscat met with Fortunato Ortombina, General {…}

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Teatro La Fenice Review 2024: Mefistofele


After leaving the premiere of La Fenice’s production of “Mefistofele,” I dried two little tears from my eyes and, in a burst of emotion, was possessed by one thought: how underrated Boito is. Usually relegated merely to the place of the fanciest of Verdi’s librettists, Boito was much more. His works extend from a few musical pieces to many (untranslated {…}

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Teatro La Fenice 2024 Review: Verdi’s ‘Requiem’


I will never die. But when if I do—certainly after 2300—, I want to be mourned with Verdi’s “Requiem.” No discussion. Few musical moments are more rewarding than the first tenor “Kyrie,” breaking into the orchestral mass, abashing any feelings that are not of heroic repentance. I simply love it. However, such strong personal preference creates rigid expectations of how {…}

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Teatro La Fenice 2024 Review: Maria Egiziaca


Photo: Roberto Moro Sometimes, opera programming can be extremely original, providing us with unexpected titles. That was the case with La Fenice/Maria Malibran’s “Maria Egiziaca,” Otto Respighi’s eclectic and sensuous opera. Especially when hearing lesser-performed titles, it is very hard to define what to expect musically. While in classic and baroque operas, there is a certain inner grammar of the {…}