2013-09-21 GIOVANNA D'ARCO (Verdi), Palacio Euskalduna (Bilbao)
Giovanna = Krassimira Stoyanova
Carlo VII = Alejandro Roy
Giacomo = Claudio Sgura
Talbot = Miguel Angel Zapater
Delil = Eduardo Ituarte
Euskaldiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa
Coro de Ópera de Bilbao
Yves Abel, conductor
Regie - Gabriele Lavia
Scenography - Alessandro Camera
Costumes - Andrea Viotti
Light design - Boris Dujin
Production from Teatro Regio di Parma
Yves Abel conducted the opera. Giovanna d'Arco is an opera with some glorious music but that was hard to hear in Bilbao. The ouverture was sloppy and the opera seemed to be on and off during the evening. Claudio Sgura was not only literally taller than all but also figuratively speaking. Krassimira Stoyanova was a wonderful Giovanna but I did not feel that she was supported enough by the orchestra/conductor. Alejandro Roy as the King started the opera with a big scene and aria. He became better and better during the performance.
It was a beautiful production that was as historically correct as an opera can be. Historical correct costumes can be too much for modern sensibilities. It was a really good workmanship this production, but perhaps not the most exciting one. Can Giovanna d'Arco be better?
During the evening there was coughing, coughing everywhere and often in the most sensitive moments. Not to mention the person that made some loud deep clensing from the nose and down, and not once. But that can be how live opera is. Great onstage but annoying audience. Not all the audience, but still...