Live broadcast from The Royal Opera House, London. Conductor: Michele Mariotti. Production: John Fulljames, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez.
200 mins, one interval
The ultimate bel canto cast is assembled for this new production of an important yet rarely performed masterpiece. Based on Sir Walter Scott’s poem 'The Lady of the Lake', La Donna del Lago is the most fully Romantic of Rossini’s Italian operas. Expansive ensembles and shimmering orchestration generate an opulence seldom heard in the composer’s comic works. John Fulljames’s staging evokes the exotic mystery of Rossini’s Romantic landscape and provides an insight into this rich, but under-explored seam of operatic gold. In the hands of three of the leading bel canto voices of our time, Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato and Colin Lee, La Donna del Lago promises to be a musical revelation.