Music by Gaetano Donizetti. Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano. Director: John Doyle. Opera Australia Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House. September 28 - November 2, 2012.
The overture seemed to be running out of petrol when the audience began to realise something had broken down on stage. The front flat had failed to rise, bringing the opening to a halt. It took a few minutes to rectify.
It seemed extraordinary that a set which comprised next to nothing could still have something go amiss and continue to appear fragile as the night progressed.
The production was put together by three companies, Opera Australia, Houston Grand Opera and Teatro La Fenice. The scenic fruits of their co-production were flats painted with clouds.