"The Renaissance has rarely looked—or sounded—so profound, dark and compelling"by Neil Norman / April 11, 2017 / Leave a comment
Royal Opera House, 12th to 29th May
Inspired by Schiller’s 1787 dramatic poem, Verdi’s masterpiece went through a number of revisions. When Luchino Visconti directed the five-act version at Covent Garden in 1958, it was considered unbeatable. Nicholas Hytner’s version (below) made its debut in 2008 and has become a Royal Opera stalwart. Although the auto-da-fé sequence still troubles some, it is a worthy successor to the Visconti. The Renaissance has rarely looked—or sounded—so profound, dark and compelling. US tenor Bryan Hymel takes on the challenging title role.
Curve, Leicester, 12th May then touring