An Italian Festival Presents Verdi on His Own Turf

The Yew York Times
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Where else in four days can you see four Verdi operas so rare the most popular one is “Attila”? Operating as part of the Teatro Regio di Parma, the festival — situated in the heart of the northern Italian region where Verdi grew up and returned to build a villa after attaining fame and fortune — appeals to connoisseurs without being esoteric. And, in a triumph for the little guy (Parma is far down on the rank of Italian cities by population), it was named this year’s best festival by the International Opera Awards. (…)

Il Travatore - Stage - Parma 2018
Il Travatore – Stage – Parma 2018

As persuasively conducted by Mr. Abbado, it demonstrated Verdi’s considerable skill as an orchestral composer. Multiple dancelike scenes depicting boxing skirmishes, however, grew tedious. Giuseppe Gipali’s Manrique seemed small-scale, but Barbara Mantegna (Léonore), Nino Surguladze (Azucena) and Franco Vassallo (Le Comte de Luna) gave engrossing performances. (…)

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