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Another opera that sits on this cusp, albeit this time Italian, is Vaccaj’s Giulietta e Romeo; a work you have perhaps heard of rather than actually heard. Composed in 1825, it offers an interesting bridge between the rhythmic punctiliousness of Rossini and the elegiac lines of Bellini. Filmed at Martina Franca last year, the production is traditional save for being updated to the 19th century – and very fine it looks. The simple set cleverly breaks the wide stage with a slanted wall, and the costumes are elegant, billowing dramatically in the winds that plague this part of the world. Sesto Quatrini’s conducting is supportive and the cast good. The two young leads are outstanding, Raffaella Lupinacci a fervent Romeo, and Leonor Bonilla – a Giuiletta reminiscent of the young Ileana Cotrubas, with her dark eyes and fresh and pliant soprano.

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