Far from the tradition productions in period costume, Pier Luigi Pizzi imagines this Touchstone in a modern villa "Beverly Hills style"! Sheltered by large verandas, the Count Asdrubale wanders in his luxurious bathrobe and watch his guests enjoy his gorgious garden, notably provided with real swimming-pool! With sport chic clothes and models dressed in bikinis, the stage is very close to look like the yacht of a celebrity...
And this apparent modernity is totally justified by the universality of the subject of the opera itself! The count Asdrubale (Marco Vinco), a thirty year-old rich man who has yet not found a wife, has got serious doubts: how can he be sure that Donna Fulvia (Patrizia Biccirè), La Baronessa Aspasia (Laura Brioli) and La Marchesa Clarice (Marie-Ange Todorovitch), three delicious women who court him, desire him for what he really is and not only for his money? Asdrubale makes a Machiavellian project in order to find out who is the less sincere of all women!
© Picture: Javier del Real
Antoni Ros-Marbà, Willy Decker – Giorgio Giuseppini (Lodovico), José Cura (Otello), Vittorio Grigolo (Cassio) – Gran Teatre del Liceu
Vladimir Jurowski, Peter Hall – Maxim Mironov (Don Ramiro), Ruxandra Donose (Cenerentola) – Glyndebourne Festival
Documentary on the Teatro Real de Madrid's production, 2007