What a marvelous night of Italian songs! The lovely Anna Bonitatibus brought some friends to present Italian songs from the 19th century. They ranged from solo voice to duets and ensembles. Serena Farnocchia has a resounding voice full of power that suited perfectly Mercadante cantanta. Rocco Cavalluzzi has an interesting voice too and sung his parts quite well. Anna herself was great, bringing her very expressive voice to those songs taking much care of the text.
Opening night for Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House. Role debut for Lissette Oropesa in the second staging of Katie Mitchell production. Michele Mariotti is the conductor for this run of Donizetti masterpiece. He does a very energetic conducting although sometimes he tries to bring up some random details of the score. Anyway it was quite fine. I liked Katie Mitchell production. It presents two simultaneous views: the main action and what is supposed to be happening off scene.