fri 14/08/2020

Linda di Chamounix, Royal Opera | reviews, news & interviews

Linda di Chamounix, Royal Opera

Linda di Chamounix, Royal Opera

Does this audacious hybrid work?

The hills are alive with the sound of... well, Donizetti, actually. His mature "Melodramma Semiserio" Linda di Chamounix arrived towards the climax of a prolific career in opera and was clearly a late attempt to capitalise on his successes and give his adoring audiences a little of everything and at great length. This season-opener concert performance at the Royal Opera (recorded, incidentally, by Opera Rara) was not far short in duration of Verdi’s epic Don Carlo, a starry revival of which occupies this very stage imminently.

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