Last night at La Scala, Fabio Luisi conducted David Pountney’s new production of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini.
From 1914 to 1959, the melodrama was a mainstay of La Scala seasons.
Last night, I found no more than a couple of people in the house who had ever seen it live. Among the cast, only the tenor had ever sung it before.
I shall write more of the experience in due course.