Franco Alfano, Risurrezione
Florence, Teatro del Maggio, 19 January 2020
The resurrection of an opera: Alfano’s Risurrezione in Florence
Italian opera of the 18th century is not the only field of operatic rediscovery: although not at the same level, the post-Verdi era, the so-called verismo, is the subject of new attention.
With no more than a dozen works generally known, that period is being revived once more, and not only in Italy: even the islands beyond the Channel seem to be interested in recovering works that were once extremely popular. Mascagni’s Isabeau has been staged at Opera Holland Park, Giordano’s Mala vita and Leoni’s L’oracolo at the Wexford Festival, all recently brought to light by director Francesco Cilluffo…