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27, 30 December 2022 | 3, 5, 8 January 2023

Elisabeth of Valois in Florence

This year, which has been so important for me thanks to no less than four role debuts, I am particularly proud to be singing for the first time in Italy as Elisabeth of Valois in Don Carlo. It will be at the Teatro del Maggio, during the festival devoted to Verdi, with a fantastic cast conducted by Maestro Daniele Gatti, with whom I'm also working on other interesting projects. Most importantly, I'll be back at the Teatro del Maggio after an absence of four years thanks to this Don Carlo. I have sung here only in 2018, in the Mahler Symphony no.2, on that occasion too with Maestro Gatti on the podium.

I made my debut as Elisabeth last November at the New York Metropolitan Opera, adding another great Verdi character to my repertoire. I loved giving my heart and my voice to this queen, who was crushed by a fate decided by those in power, yet was regal in her role as a wife and intimately as a woman, from the beginning to the end of the grandiose chain of events. As Verdi intended, the figure of Elisabeth is extraordinary, because she is involved in events that represent two opposing conceptions of politics, but also because of the impossible love between Elisabeth herself and her stepson, Don Carlo, Prince of Spain and Philip's son. The agonizing conflict between parent and child, which recurs prominently in Verdi's dramaturgy, is developed here at a human and a political level. Both succumb to the power of the Church through the figure of the great Inquisitor.

In this new production by the Teatro del Maggio, which benefits from stage direction by Roberto Andò, the spotlight is cast on the solitude of power, highlighting the profound pessimism and extraordinary modernity of this opera.

There will be a live radio broadcast on Rai Radio 3 of the opening performance on 27 December.
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