Sunday, August 16, 2015
Poliuto from Glyndebourne
Paolina: Ana María Martínez
Poliuto: Michael Fabiano
The weight of this very heavy opera is carried by these two singers. Both of them shined very brightly. I was particularly happy to see Michael in a role that truly showed off his voice. It was an excellent performance of a pretty monotonous opera. Lots of percussion.
The plot is that they are Christian martyrs in the time of the Roman empire. Not surprisingly, it was censored in Italy.
This is a complex story about love, faith, country, loyalty and oh so many things. The music emphasizes almost exclusively the anger, betrayal, disloyalty parts of the story, saving the softer parts for a bit at the end. It didn't attract me.