[Reaching out: a companion piece to this week’s White Shirt Monday. – Patrizia Ciofi (Giulietta) in Bellini’s “Capuleti e Montecchi”, Barcelona 2016.]
Whenever I catch Ciofi’s Giulietta (and particularly in comparison the recent listen to Valentina Farcas’ beguilingly youthful take), I become more appreciative of the maturity she puts into her interpretation in turn. Her Giulietta is young, but at the same time, she is not – Ciofi does make her timelessly relatable instead. (which adds another point to our recent discussion on retiring roles due to age difference to the role)
A next chance to catch Ciofi in the part onstage will be in Marseille next spring (where she’ll also be singing Ophélie (Thomas) this autumn, also staged by Vincent Boussard). She’ll also appear in the old Friedrich “Traviata” and Alden’s staging of “Les Huguenots” at Deutsche Oper Berlin next season according to Operabase. Though the most fun will likely be her Daria in Pelly’s take on “Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali” in Lyon next summer. I really should to do some according conference plotting.