Of Donizetti’s 55 operas, four to five hold on to secure places in the repertory, a much greater number are all but unknown, and in the middle come the titles that see occasional revivals, as flawed but fascinating rarities.
This looks like a winner, with an esteemed conductor (Zubin Mehta), top-rank cast (Violeta Urmana, Marcello Giordani, Carlo Guelfi), and a production directed by Nicholas JoÎl that originated at the Opernhaus Z¸rich, a house that takes some chances and scores some successes.
Can a famously successful movie be made into an effective opera? A
quick answer is: yes!