Opera On 3: Les vêpres siciliennes
Broadcast from Royal Opera House for the Verdi 200 celebrations
Verdi’s opera Les vêpres siciliennes is about as grand as opera gets. The work is rarely staged, partly because it includes a full-length ballet in the middle.
In this new production for the Royal Opera House, director Stefan Herheim has streamlined the work by incorporating the ballet into the opera.
And Verdi's opera shines in its new form, helped along by a stellar cast led by baritone Erwin Schrott, soprano Lianna Haroutounian and tenor Bryan Hymel.
The opera tells the story of a rebellion in medieval Sicily against the occupying French.