opera notebook

some operas I have seen on video

André Grétry, Zemira e Azor (1776)
Nationaltheater Mannheim at Schlosstheater Schwetzingen, 2023

Patrick Kabongo
Patrick Kabongo

Despite an inexplicable motif of characters sitting down to eat milk and cereal, this production of a little-performed 18th-century comic opera is charming, thanks to the appeal of the leads Amelia Scicolone and Patrick Kabongo. The French original Zémire et Azor dates from 1771, but this Italian version was first performed in Mannheim in 1776, so it was chosen for a revival at the historic Schlosstheater Schwetzingen nearby in 2023.