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When they hear the word ‘opera’, people think inevitably of Italy. Not only because Italy was the country of its birth and one of the key theatres of its ongoing development but also because no country has spawned so many masterpieces over four centuries of opera evolution. This is especially true for the era stretching from THE BARBER OF SEVILLE to TURANDOT: from 1815 to 1920 the opera houses of Italy served as a permanent laboratory, in which composers of the likes of Rossini, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini and Mascagni ensured that the genre kept pace with the headlong transformation of society. The need for romance mixed with melancholy, the hunger for violent onstage characters, the desire for grand spectacle, the yearning for authentic local colour… all these urges and impulses were espoused by Italian opera, which reinvented itself repeatedly in the process. A browse through the landmark works of the period provides a testimony to opera’s remarkable adaptability – and the Deutsche Oper Berlin offers its own selection of works in September in the form of the Viva Italia series, which features a concert performance of Cilea’s ADRIANA LECOUVREUR, a new production of Verdi’s LA FORZA DEL DESTINO and other repertory highlights.
Experience beside Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov in ADRIANA LECOUVREUR Russell Thomas, Markus Brück and María José Siri in LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Roberto Alagna, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Aleksandra Kurzak and Carlos Álvarez in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/ PAGLIACCI, Piotr Beczala, Thomas Lehman and Irina Churilova in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA and Albina Shagimuratova and Piotr Beczala in LA TRAVIATA. Maria Guleghina and George Gagnidze are guests at NABUCCO at the end of the month.