Verdi’s sixth opera explores family and corruption in Venice, it is considered one of his darkest and tragic works. Yet despite the opera’s tragedy, the music for I due Foscari contains a wonderful part for heroine Lucrezia with her magnificent duets with the Doge in Act I and with her doomed husband in Act II.
American director Thaddeus Strassberger, making his Royal Opera debut, depicts a Venice that is rotten to its core. Mattie Ullrich’s opulent costume designs reference the opera’s 15th-century setting while suggesting the corruption lurking beneath. The spare sets of award-winning British designer Kevin Knight illustrate the Foscaris’ isolation and the decay of the city, before flaring out into grand guignol for the opera’s brilliant Act III carnival.
The performance lasts about 2 hours 35 minutes, including one interval
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
For more information or to book tickets , visit the Royal opera house website here
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