"A formidable vocal feast” (Bayerische Staatszeitung), this production of Verdi’s tale of illicit love, conspiracy, and betrayal unfolds in a surrealistic, shadowy setting created by director Johannes Erath. The legendary Zubin Mehta conducts a remarkable cast including soprano Anja Harteros singing Amelia and “filling every note with Verdian intensity,” tenor Piotr Beczala as a “visually and vocally dashing Riccardo,” and George Petean as an “exemplary” Renato (Neue Musikzeitung).
The Bavarian State Opera’s former music director Zubin Mehta returns to the fabled house to celebrate his 80th birthday, conducting Verdi’s middle-period masterpiece for the first time in a staged production.
Maestro Mehta “creates concentrated musical connections, miraculously guiding his orchestra and unsurpassable voices the way a thermal lifts a paraglider [...] Musically the performance was a dream."
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung