Il Corsaro in Genoa

Scene from Il Corsaro (Photo: Fondazione Teatro Carlo Felice)
Il Corsaro, Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa
By George Loomis [Financial Times, 11 May 05]
It would be easy to say that the best thing about Il Corsaro is its brevity. There isn’t one item in the young Verdi’s compositional bag of tricks that he didn’t brandish with greater flair elsewhere. Written when the composer was Paris-based and exploring new artistic directions, it suffers from a sense that he was going through the motions. But the Teatro Carlo Felice accords Il Corsaro the respect it would any other Verdi opera, and the rewards are substantial.
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