Rossini– A “serious” side????
Chances to experience Rossini’s serious operas should not be passed up lightly — surely not when the performance is as irresistible as the Opéra National de Paris’s, La Donna del Lago, in its first staging of the opera.
This opera is one of 10 that Rossini wrote for Naples, each of which makes a claim for innovation, but none of which turns up today with any regularity. With La Donna del Lago, Rossini tested the waters of Romanticism by turning to a work by Sir Walter Scott, the narrative poem The Lady of the Lake. The setting is 16th-century Scotland, when the Highlanders, led by Douglas, the father of the eponymous heroine, rose up against King James V (Giacomo). The sought-after Elena has no fewer than three suitors, including the king himself, but her heart is fixed on the young warrior Malcolm. Get more on this serious matter from George Loomis of the New York Times at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/30/arts/30iht-loomis30.html