In Opera Holland Park’s Amico Fritz, the love duets rule

In an age where maximum noise and drama seems to be a prerequisite to an opera’s success, Amico Fritz might be regarded as the cuckoo in the nest. Its pastoral, gentle story-line is likely to pass most opera goers by. Opera Holland Park on the other hand is championing Mascagni’s work in a new production – presenting…

Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera. A Revelation.

  Verdi and the Naples censor when preparing “Ballo”, 1857–58, caricature by Delfico   Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Un Ballo in Maschera, nearly didn’t see the light of day. The problem lay in Italy’s troubled political situation and the opera’s libretto, based on the assassination of King Gustave III in 1793 during a masked ball.  When…