Best of 2021: OperaWire’s Staff on the Best Performances of the Year
“During 2021, I had the good fortune to attend nine new contemporary operas. Although many people are still very suspicious, and hold deep prejudices against new works, they rarely turn out to be anything other than interesting, engaging and imaginative pieces of theatre. I thought it appropriate, therefore, to select my favorite from 2021, and this had to be Ravenna Festival’s presentation of Mauro Montalbetti’s “Teodora,” starring Roberta Mameli in the title role. Not only was it a musically beautiful and accessible work, but its presentation in the 6th century Basilica of San Vitale with its with its huge cavernous spaces and thick columns created stunning acoustic effects, while the colorful mosaics on its walls created the perfect visual backdrop”.
Teodora scalata al cielo in cinque movimenti
Première: 2th June 21.00 p.m. Basilica di San Vitale