Giuseppe Verdi, Les Vêpres siciliennes
Rome, Teatro dell’Opera, 10 December 2019
Verdi’s first French opera opens the operatic season in Rome
Three days after the Teatro alla Scala, Roman socialites put on their evening dresses and tuxedos for the opening of their opera season, a social event that nevertheless does not match the frenzy of the Milan prima. This year the Opera di Roma opened with Les Vêpres siciliennes, in the original French version which is not frequently seen in Italian houses.
Verdi lived in an environment influenced by French culture, drawing inspiration for many of his works from the French theatre and in the Grand Opéra he saw the chance to breathe new life into Italian opera. His thirty trips to Paris testify to this commitment…