Monday, 19 April 2010

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo and Alessandro Corbelli


The Royal Opera House production of Il Turco in Italia closed tonight in front of a sell out audience. Only this weekend, the Financial Times hailed the dawn of a new age, in which art has once again come to the attention of the greater masses. For the Royal Opera House this meant a sell out show, which at first had difficulty picking up pace due to the unknown factor of the piece, but like all Rossini, the seductive piece of comedy wins all hearts, especially, when two masters of the buffo get together on a world stage like the Royal. Corbelli is the undisputed opera comic of our age and D'Arcangelo is at the forefront of the new generation of Opera Superstars, helmsmen of this great art-form. Together they produced exquisite entertainment and truly magical moments.
Corbelli will return next month as part of the famous Fille du Regiment production, but Ildebrando was somewhat solemn when he explained to me that he was only expected back in London in 2012. While we agreed to meet up at the end of May as part of his production of Carmen in Munich with Jonas Kaufmann, I am certain that he will return to London quite soon.