August 30, 2013
Gioachino Rossini: The lady of the Lake
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Michele Mariotti, conductor
CAST: Joyce DiDonato (Elena); Juan Diego Flórez (Uberto); Simon Orfila (Douglas); Colin Lee (Rodrigo); Daniela Barcellona
In 1819, Rossini cashed on an Italian taste for all things Scottish, with this overtly Romantic opera based on a narrative by Sir Walter Scott. It comes to us from Covent Garden in a production featuring a first-rate cast, including soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role, and Juan Diego Flórez, one of the world's most acclaimed Rossini tenors.