The Royal Opera - I Vespri Siciliani Reviews
11 July 2020
Lianna Haroutounian (La Duchesse Hélène)
Erwin Schrott (Procida)
Erwin Schrott (Procida)
General scene
Michael Volle (Montfort), Bryan Hymel (Henri)

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I Vespri Siciliani

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 19

Some highlights and many longueurs in Verdi’s Sicilian Vespers
26 Nov 13 / Seen and Heard
Some highlights and many longueurs in Verdi’s Sicilian Vespers
6 Nov 13 / Seen and Heard
Joseph à la française
5 Nov 13 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Long overdue Verdi 'Vespers' makes powerful Royal Opera debut
30 Oct 13 / Reuters
A compelling but sometimes patchy production
25 Oct 13 / Express
Herheim’s intricate direction and the stunning designs maintain a genuine theatrical fascination
23 Oct 13 / The Stage
Neither Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes nor Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia are straightforward
22 Oct 13 / New Statesman
The eye is constantly engaged by Stefan Herheim’s production, and there’s plenty for the ear, too
21 Oct 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
Mit der Grausamkeit und Sentimentalität eines Gewaltherrschers
20 Oct 13 / Deutschland Radio
There are thrills, and a few spills, in Royal Opera's first staging of a Verdi rarity
20 Oct 13 / The Observer
Stefan Herheim locates Verdi's thirteenth-century epic in the Paris Opéra where it was first performed
19 Oct 13 / What's on Stage
Les Vêpres siciliennes is Verdi at his thrilling best
19 Oct 13 / Metro
This rather B-class Verdi opera has been magically transformed
19 Oct 13 / Independent
A gorgeous visual and musical treat
19 Oct 13 / Telegraph
A stage on a stage, and reality in illusion
19 Oct 13 / New York Times
Long overdue Verdi "Vespers" makes powerful Royal Opera debut
19 Oct 13 / Reuters
Stefan Herheim directs Verdi's story of a bloody Sicilian uprising against French oppressors
18 Oct 13 / Evening Standard
A cogent dramatic package out of what is sometimes sprawling and diffuse material
18 Oct 13 / The Guardian
Plenty of vintage Verdi in a long-neglected opera, superbly conducted and decently sung
18 Oct 13 / The Arts Desk
Why Verdi's Vêpres Siciliennes is a high-wire act
Les Vêpres Siciliennes is one of Verdi's most neglected late works. Ahead of its first performance at Covent Garden, director Stefan Herheim reveals the challenges of bringing it to the stage.
Production details
Cast
Volle, Teitgen, White, Hymel, Schrott, Haroutounian/Poplavskaya, Daly, Darmanin, Cooper, Kim, Yun
(c) Pappano (d) Herheim
Performance dates
17, 21, 24, 29 October, 1, 4, 7, 11 November 2013
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