By Donizetti. Opera Australia. Director: Roger Hodgman. Conductor: Guillaume Tourniaire. Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre. Nov 19 – Dec 12, 2014.
As with Tosca the previous week, this was a lavish production. The set comprised three house fronts, double-story, which swung around at the end of the overture to become the interior of Pasquale’s house. It was very impressive.
The second scene, usually set in Norina’s home, was set outside in a street café, which worked well, although I would have preferred Malatesta to move the table away from the others while he was having a private conversation with Norina.