I Capuleti e i Montecchi


Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi opera to a libretto by Felice Romani. Directed 2015 by Christof Loy at Opernhaus Zürich. Stars Joyce DiDonato (Romeo [trousers]), Olga Kulchynska (Giulietta), Benjamin Bernheim (Tebaldo), Alexei Botnarciuc (Capellio),  Roberto Lorenzi (Lorenzo), and Gieorgij Puchalski (Companion). Fabio Luisi conducts the Philharmonia Zürich  and Chor der Oper Chorus Zürich (Chorus Master Jürg Hämmerli). Sets and costumes by Christian Schmidt;  lighting by Frank Evin; choreography by Thomas Wilhelm; directed for screen by Michael Beyer; produced by Paul Smaczny. Released 2016, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio output. Grade: NA

Director Loy specializes in dark, bare, empty (cheap) sets peopled in black and white (see artwork above) but also laden with wicked pschological twists. This will make for a huge contrast with the extremely colorful I Capuleti e i Montecchiwe recently got from the San Francisco opera. Per Neil Fisher writing in the December 2016 Gramophone (pages 100-101), Fabio Luisi, Joyce DiDonato, and Olga Kulchynska make up team strong enough to carry on with little help.