Good news to all Friends of Italian Opera: over the next 12 months, you will be able to see three of Verdi's masterpieces and one by Puccini, directed by Robert Wilson, in different European locations.
The Troubadour will première at the Verdi Festival in Parma on September 29 in the rarely performed French version (Le Trouvère), which the composer adapted in the style of a "Grand Opéra" for Parisian audiences in 1855. The performances will be conducted by Roberto Abbado. Shortly after that, on October 12, 14 and 16, Bob Wilson's beloved production of La Traviata, under the baton of Teodor Currentzis and with the MusicAeterna orchestra from Perm, will perform at the Grand Théâtre de la Ville in Luxembourg. Opening on November 30, and with performances throughout December, will be a new production of Puccini's Turandot at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Finally, Wilson will direct a new Otello for the Baden-Baden Festival next April, in which the Berlin Philharmonic will play under the baton of Daniele Gatti.