Mothers and Sons and L’arlesiana

Yvonne Howard, Rosa Mamai and L’innocente sung by Samantha Price.   At a performance of L’Arlesiana at Opera Holland Park recently, I was bowled over by Yvonne Howard’s heart-breaking aria, Esser madre è un inferno (To be a mother is hell!). Howard as the long-suffering matriarch is superb. When she pleads for God to watch over her son,…