Thanks to CNN, this weekend I went right from Lyric Opera’s season-opening production of Ernani—featuring Charles V of Spain—to the pomp and circumstance surrounding the launch of Charles III of England. Castles, crowns, cannons—it was all of a piece. And that did something I hadn’t anticipated: it brought an evening of seldom-seen Verdi to life. […]
Giuseppe Verdi’s greatest-hits score keeps this warhorse on the stages of major opera companies.