Luigi Cherubini, Alì Babà e i quaranta ladroni
Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 1 September 2018
A not convincing late Cherubini at La Scala
The tenor is in love with the soprano, but the bass, the girl’s father, stands in their way. After countless vicissitudes (including kidnappings, sieges, thefts, concealment and ambushes) the two lovers finally fulfil their dream. Does this sound familiar?
This conventional model, on which many operas are based, is applied by the librettists Mélesville and Eugène Scribe, to the Persian tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Only a few elements of the original Arabian Nights plot are retained: the treasure cave and the magic phrase “Open Sesame!” to gain access to it…