Ernani in Rome

Ernani in Rome

It’s a thrill to be performing one of my signature roles again, Ernani at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. It was in Rome, under conductor Riccardo Muti, that I debuted this role in 2013. Today, the Opera di Roma is reviving that same production, with staging, set and costumes by Hugo de Ana and music direction by Marco Armiliato.
The world is living through difficult times and opera asks itself questions and asks us questions about great civil and private passions, about honour, betrayal and passion. Verdi’s music reaches places which we ourselves could not reach on our own: it is powerful, beautiful, illuminating. Rehearsing Ernani here at the Opera di Roma has given me further confirmation of this. But I’m also worried about Villa Sant’Agata, which is expected to be up for auction very soon. As an artist and an Italian, the villa is a symbol “in stone” of Verdi’s work. It is a beautiful house, rich with memories of Verdi and of Italian history. As Italians, we owe Verdi so much and that is why we should all make every effort so that the Villa becomes part of everyone’s cultural heritage to be enjoyed for what it is: Verdi’s home but also one of our memorial monuments.
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