Why you should be playing opera now, says composer – News24
The new opera, which is being made by Opera New Zealand, will be based on the works of Giuseppe Verdi and be directed by the acclaimed Italian director Gianluca Bertolucci.
The opera is based on a play by the late Italian opera composer Giuseppina Lippi and is set in the 18th century, in a time of economic upheaval.
“I feel very privileged to be the composer and director of this opera,” Mr Bertoluccio told News24.
“This is the first time that we have a new opera based on Verdi’s works, which have never been heard before.”
The opera will be written and performed by our team, and we will do everything we can to make sure that it has the best possible production quality.
“We are so proud to have this opportunity to work with a great director and composer, and to be able to work together with the opera’s producer and choreographer.”
Mr Bertoluca said he was very excited to be working on a new production of Verdi, whose works have been around for some time.
“It is a privilege to be in the company of Giampiero Bertolucchi, who has done something that has always been a part of my life, and which I would love to work on again.”
Verdi is one of the greatest opera composers of all time and we are going to try to capture his full glory.
“Mr Verdi died in 2002, and opera has become a popular way of life in many parts of the world, particularly in the US, Australia and Europe.