(Above: Image of the Teatro Regio di Parma ceiling, taken at last night's Esa-Pekka Salonen concert.)
Now that the ensuing Alagna hilarity -- which has occupied my waking hours since last Sunday -- has finally sucked all the remaining spirit from my exhausted body, Opera Chic is embarking tomorrow on a much needed trip to Ravenna, to hear Maestro Riccardo Muti conduct Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (that was mentioned surreptitiously both here and here) at the Teatro di tradizione Dante Alighieri with the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini. This new production has been generating very flattering and enthusiastic reviews by music critics across Italy.
I have neglected reporting and reviewing poor Yuri Temirkanov's conducting of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic at Teatro alla Scala (that I attended this past Monday), as well as Esa-Pekka Salonen and Philharmonia at the Teatro Regio di Parma, which I attended last night.
I promise that if Alagna does make another scripted PR appearance in Milan, singing about dead donkeys, this lady will NOT be there. Alagna is now dead to me; as dead as his poor little donkey. O_o
(Above: Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen concert takes a bow at Teatro Regio di Parma)
(Above: Maestro Yuri Temirkanov and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic at Teatro alla Scala)