Teatro dell'Opera, Rome, Italy, 02-03-2014
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After a long break I went to Rome to see "Manon Lescaut" at the Teatro dell' Opera on Sunday.
It was a new procuction, directed by Riccardo Muti's daughter Chiara and conducted by the maestro himself.
Well, the setting was VERY traditional, but I have read that Italians don't like "modern" experiments on their opera stages. I would say: Better an "old-fashioned" production like this than some of these senseless "Regietheater"-operas one sometimes has to endure.
Muti is a genius, and the Roman audience adored him. He was welcomed with ovations at the beginning of each act. BTW Antonio Pappano was sitting in the central box!
The cast - apart from Anna of course - was quite alright. Manon is another new role for Anna, and yet again she seems to have sung and played it many times, because she is simply perfect. After her big aria in the second act there was a tornado of BRAVAs, and the show had to be interrupted for quite some time. Also her death scene at the end was thrilling - she was alone on stage and her presence was fascinating.
After the show she left the house through the stage door, smiled at the crowd waiting for her, but then she walked away with her mobile phone at her ear (see photo below).