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Verdi's I due Foscari

Royal Opera House, London, October 14 - November 2, 2014

Photographs by Catherine Ashmore, courtesy of  the Royal Opera House


This was a co production with Los Angeles Opera, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, and Theater an der Wien.  It seems to have been put on specifically to star Plácido Domingo in his new baritone career but his singing and less so his acting are no longer what they were and were insufficient to light up this stodgy production, which had to resort to a variety of extraneous stage business to try to provide some interest.  Of his co stars, Francesco Meli improved after a lacklustre start and made a good impression, Maria Agresta sang well but her voice had an unyielding quality and lacked variety and Maurizio Muraro was unimpressive as the villain of the piece.  Pappano and the orchestra were good and made what they could of the music, which, while not memorable, was enjoyable and supported the action well enough.  The libretto and plot are rather feeble and the conflict between duty and love that dogs Foscari never really comes to life.

R. Burdekin, October 27, 2014


The Team


Francesco Foscari - Plácido Domingo

Jacopo Foscari - Francesco Meli

Lucrezia Contarini - Maria Agresta

Jacopo Loredano - Maurizio Muraro

Barbarigo - Samuel Sakker

Pisana - Rachel Kelly


Conductor - Antonio Pappano

Director - Thaddeus Strassberger

Set designs - Kevin Knight

Costume design - Mattie Ullrich

Lighting - Bruno Poet


Orchestra and Chorus of  the Royal Opera House




Lucrezia, Foscari and Jacopo



Lucrezia, Loredano, Foscari and Jacopo









Lucrezia and Jacopo