Claudio Abbado: ‘In Italy, they know opera by instinct…’main
In the first of our late-summer series of interviews from Bruce Duffie’s bottomless archive, here’s the late Italian conductor reflecting on the differences between audiences:
In Italy, for instance, they know opera by instinct — not because they’re well prepared and not because of the education. Education is very low. There’s not a good education in Italy, but they know opera by instinct. They are so musical, and they know by the operatic form by tradition, so they follow very well. For education in England, they are fantastic because they are very well educated musically. Here in this country (the USA) there’s some good education — studying education — but they don’t provide the audience that goes to the performance with the little conference or pre-audition.
Read the full interview here.