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Arts Calendar / July 4 / Opera
Il Viaggio a Reims
12:00, 19:00. Opera in one act by Gioacchino Rossini. 165 min (with one interval). Libretto by Luigi Balocchi based on the novel "Corinne, ou L'Italie" by Germaine de Staël. Conductor: Tugan Sokhiev. Stage Director: Damiano Michieletto. Sung in Italian. A group of aristocratic travellers are stranded together on the way to Reims, where theyíre heading to celebrate the coronation of King Charles X. Fortunately, the unlikely bunch create plenty of their own entertainment. This is an ensemble opera, which means itís a big cast with lots of important roles. We could introduce them all, but it gets confusing! Thereís a hostess, some eligible young widows, a poetess, a multinational assortment of army and navy officers, a doctor, a scholar and of course, the help: a housekeeper, courier and valet. Thereís not much plot, but thereís plenty of intrigue about who is in love with who, some sentimental moments and a whole lot of comedy. No one heard this opera between 1825 and 1984, when famous conductor Claudio Abbado resurrected it for a Deutsche Grammophon recording. So there isnít a famous aria, but thereís a brilliant ensemble written for 14 voices (!) that you can listen out for. In fact, every number in the opera is a show-stopper. Itís a musical feast.
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