Carreras leads 'Sly' production
Yukiko Kishinami / Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer
NHK Hall, Tokyo, July 6
Strong, truly fitting lead singers are desirable in opera. While many productions can survive without them by relying on music and narrative, some require a potent protagonist to be truly successful. Such is the case with Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's Sly.
The opera, which enjoyed modest success in Italy and then in Germany, has experienced a successful reincarnation thanks to Jose Carreras, who starred in the Japan premiere staged by the Washington Opera at NHK Hall in Tokyo on July 6.
Having first been performed in 1927 at La Scala, Milan, the opera is a rendition of a play very …