|Curtain calls after the show on November 17 2011 at Opéra Bastille: Vladimir Stoyanov, Philippe Jordan, Patrick Marie Aubert, Violeta Urmana, Zoran Todorovich, Kwangchul Youn, Nadia Krasteva [the best soloist, Nicola Alaimo, not in the photo]|
In all honesty, I went to see this show hoping it would change my too strong opinion about this opera --one of the dumbest operas of all times-- and that I'd find a way to convince myself that, musically, this opera was indeed one of the greatest works done by Giuseppe, as the numerous Verdi aficionados often suggest.
While I knew nothing would change the incongruities of the libretto, and that this kind of staging would only emphasize them, I thought the performers would make this giant snoozer miraculously enjoyable. Hélas, hélas!
Kwangchul Youn was obviously fantastic and Nicola Alaimo excellent, but all in all I spent 5 very long hours [2 intermissions] fighting the snooze-balloons, survived them all, only to hear "Pace, pace mio Dio!" and say -- Never Again!
This is, of course, just my opinion and even though the entire French press trashed this production, there were many people who actually liked it. So, who knows?! You may like it too.
If you have four hours to sink, here are your links [provided by Medici.tv]
|From the Jean-Claude Auvray production of La Forza del Destino at Opéra Bastille in Paris|
Definitely, I have this love-and-hate affair with Verdi operas: while I love Otello, Don Carlo(s), Macbeth, Falstaff, La Traviata, and even enjoy Simon Boccanegra, I really dislike La Forza del Destino, Luisa Miller, Un Ballo in Maschera, Stiffelio... I can sit through Il Trovatore, I Vespri Siciliani, Aida, or Nabucco if and only if the show is mounted non-trivially.
Around the same time that La Forza del Destino opened at the Paris Opera, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées organized two concert performances of Oberto -- the very first opera composed by Verdi. Curiosity killed the cat, and Oberto achieved me. In spite of the good cast --lead by our dear Ekaterina Gubanova-- the opera sounded like a bel-canto soup gone bad.
Anyways, I should stick and write about good stuff only... Next post will be about good Verdi -- Macbeth in Leipzig.