Teatro alla Scala
Saturday, June 26th, 1:30 pm
Giuseppe Verdi's "I Vespri Siciliani" epitomizes the elegant style of the Paris Opera. Set in Sicily at the twilight of the French occupation, the opera swirls with intimate ensembles, splendid public scenes, and heroic public choruses. Under the direction of Riccardo Muti, the La Scala orchestra delivers a blazing tour de force in the large ensemble scenes and sensitive intimacy to the quieter moments. An excellent cast features soprano Cheryl Studer as Elena and tenor Chris Merritt as Arrigo. In this extraordinary La Scala production, the rarely seen third-act "Ballet of the Four Seasons" is superbly danced by superstars Carla Fracci and Wayne Eagling.