Directors: make us dream again!

I have no clear ideas about how the operatic world will be once the corona storm will be over or, at least, under control. But one thing is crystal clear in my mind: I want directors – who are today’s great powers in the opera world as orchestra conductors once were and before them singers – make us DREAM. Too many operatic productions in the recent (and less recent…) past have been visually unpleasant and absolutely incoherent with the meaning of the plot. Just the idea of watching a Traviata or a Carmen, in a coronavirus “interpretation” makes me sick. It would be so pointless, so sadly predictable and banal. Make us dream again instead! At least for a while. And if you really want a coronavirus opera well, write one, if you can! Thank you!


Beautiful production of “Lakmé” at Malmö Opera House (2017)
Svetlana Moskalenko (Lakmé) and Taras Shtonda (Nilakantha)
Scenography by Anne Marie Legenstein
Lights by Zerlina Hughes
Costume and Makeup design: Gesine Völlm
Director: Nicola Raab


A photo shot from the legendary “Semiramide” at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (1992) staged and designed by Hugo de Ana. Michele Pertusi (Assur) and Iano Tamar (Semiramide). 


Cristina Giannelli in the title role of “Maria Stuarda” in a successful production
of this extraordinary Donizetti’s masterpiece in Manaus (2019).
Director: Davide Garattini Raimondi
Scenopraphy: Giorgia Massetani
Costumes: Fábio Namatame
Lights: Fábio Retti