Sunday evening sees Joyce DiDonato’s
opening night as Romeo in Christoph Loy’s production of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi
under Fabio Luisi’s baton at the Zurich Opera. Bellini’s radiant retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
is a beacon in the bel canto tradition. Ms DiDonato’s triumph as Romeo in the San Francisco co-production was captured for DVD, further details of which can be found here
, in which her portrayal is described as “DiDonato’s greatest role–greatest among many greats” (International Record Review
) and “the mezzo’s vibrant, lustrous singing and keen dramatic presence created an indelibly anguished hero. DiDonato’s voice is a marvel — tender and expressive in Bellini’s long-breathed melodies, mercurial in the opera’s most intricate passagework — and her ornamentation is focused and flawless.” (Opera News).