By Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto Antonio Somma (after the libretto by Augustin Eugene Scribe, 1833). Opera Australia. State Theatre, Melbourne (Vic). Director: Alex Olle. Conductor: Andrea Molino. Set Designer: Alfons Flores. April 12, 17, 20, 23, 26, May 3, 2013.
Any Verdi opera promises to be a feast of lavish music, with voices, costumes and set design to match. We have come for the music, for the endlessly soaring melodies, and for the grand spectacle typical of the late Romantic period.
Soloists, Mexican Diego Tore (Gustave III), Hungarian Csilla Boross (Amelia) and Argentinian born baritone Jose Carbo (Count Ankarstrom), were warmly received, as was home grown talent Lorina Gore (Oscar) who thrilled with exquisite coloratura.