It was one of Quelerís good nights.
Marie-Magdeleine: Drame sacrÈ in three acts and four scenes
This production offers a different view of Norma. As Stage Director Guy Joosten explains in the introduction on the first of a 2-disc set, he wanted to give the audience ìmoreî of what he believes the modern audience expects.
It is, you might say, the little opera that can. True, if itís size of the budget, the price of tickets and the number of seats that concerns you, the Komische Oper is clearly the third of Berlinís opera houses.
What to make of “Lucrezia Borgia”? I have always felt that, some lovely arias notwithstanding, this Donizetti work never really gets going until the slam-bang soprano-baritone duet in Act II.