The country’s president and the city’s
mayor were only some of the leading figures in attendance.
The production is by Adrain Noble with sets by Dante Ferretti, who has
worked with cinema giants Frederico Fellini and Martin Scorsese. Baritones
George Petean and Dario Solari alternate in the title role with Italian
sopranos Maria Agresta and Eleonora Buratto sharing the role of Maria
Boccanegra. Two other Verdi operas are on the bill for the bicentenary of his
Wagner bicentenary will be celebrated by Rienzi and the centenary
of Benjamin Britten will be honored with performances of his opera Curlew
River. The season will end with a David Hockney production of Puccini’s
Turandot. Rome has managed to balance the books by increased
attendance, no doubt helped by Muti’s presence.
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