What good ol’ fashioned opera doesn’t end with an unwilling bride covered in blood, singing bel canto at her wedding guests? Sorry, did we mention spoiler alert? The Romantic Italian opera returns to LA for the first time in ten years in a new production filled with violence, insanity and love—in short, all the best stuff of drama. The high note of the evening will be the performance of Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova, who takes on the title role for her first time. Get there an hour early for an informative (and free) talk by music director James Conlon.
I have seen this opera many times. The vocal/instrumental talent does not disappoint! Shagimuratova's technique is absolutely flawless and sounds like a bell in the upper register. You can't help but smile when you hear her sing!
The only issue that I had with this production was the minimalistic stage sets and the excessive use of computer graphics. In my opinion, it ruined the setting of the whole show. But the talents of the characters and the orchestra made up for it. I've seen operas put into modern settings and it worked out beautifully, but this one disappointed a bit.