Back to the Opera in the city festival. This time Zemlinsky’s opera A Florentine Tragedy sung in English. It’s nice to see more a more works from Zemlinsky getting mainstream (Der Zwerg is another recent hit). Staging a one hour lasting opera with 3 characters in a single set is not an easy task. This production reveals from the beginning all the keys from the tragedy, leaving no space for the constricted drama.
There is a new opera festival in the city named… well… Opera in the city. It description says: will show innovative takes on rarely performed masterpieces as well as new and experimental works. Yesterday we have a take on the former: a couple of operatic masterpieces not commonly set nowadays. The double bill started with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart & Salieri, you know, the opera based on the same Pushkin’s drama which Amadeus was based on too.