Rome will stage operas in a park

Carlo Fuortes, head of Opera di Roma, has announced a plan to stage operas in the Piazza di Siena, in the park of Villa Borghese.

The plan has the approval of the mayor’s scientific advisers and the space will accommodate 1,000 distanced spectators.

The first opera will be Rigoletto with Salsi and Grigolo, conducted by Daniele Gatti.

It’s a start.

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  • “It’s a start.”

    Let’s see for what.

    And now, something completely different:

    The Vienna State Opera showed Swan Lake yesterday (depressing ending version where the music seems to betray the plot. As music never lies, the plot has to be wrong. Simple as that.) on their app.

    I think it’s weird that No. 13d is called “Danse des petits cygnes” when there actually is a number (No. 27) that is called “Danse des petits cygnes”.

    You might say: “But Drigo deleted that scene in 1895!”

    I’m aware of that. But. Except for the Gergiev / Kirov version do all versions (in my collection, ok) have that No. 27 (as did the Vienna State Opera version).

    So. Why is No. 13d called “Danse des petits cygnes”?

    I’m genuinely curious (because it bothers me like hell.)

  • “(In Russian No. 13d actually IS called “Танец маленьких лебедей”. […])”

    I have to specify that part: It is called that on the Russian Wikipedia page. And I guess elsewhere. Still: Why?

    The original manuscript (defiled by someone wielding a red pen) has no indication as to why No. 13d could be called “Danse des petits cygnes” either. The mystery remains.

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