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Watch: Thaddeus Strassberger on I due Foscari

The American director talks about working with Plácido Domingo and what an opera about a 15th-century Venetian doge can tell us about our own lives.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

8 October 2014 at 5.26pm | Comment on this article

American director Thaddeus Strassberger makes his Royal Opera debut this month with the UK premiere of his production of Verdi's I due Foscari'It's the classic Verdi conflict between parent and child and where the duty and the love lies,' says Thaddeus of the opera, which tells the story of Francesco Foscari,  whose son is arrested for crimes against the very state his father leads.

Thaddeus's production depicts a 15th-century Venice that is rotten to the core, and stars Plácido Domingo as one of the two Foscari of the opera's title.

'Plácido Domingo really wanted to do this piece. He's made the joke several times [in rehearsal] that he's spent most of his life playing roles that are much younger than he is and now he's playing a role that's much older than he is!'

'Obviously opera deals with extreme situations,' the director says. 'We're not all doges and our children haven't all been accused of assassinating political enemies but I think that we do feel conflicts between our responsibilities at work and our responsibilities at home. I think that one of the things that opera does most successfully is to give us room to explore the bigness of our human emotions. We have rich emotional lives that are as big as what happens with kings and queens.'

Plácido Domingo is performing in the upcoming run of I due Foscari, running 14 October-2 November 2014. Tickets are still available.
The performance on 27 October will be live in cinemas around the world. Find your nearest cinema.

Co-production with Los Angeles Opera, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, and Theater an der Wien. Generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE, Costas and Evi Kaplanis, Colm and Ella Kelleher and Mrs Philip Kan.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

8 October 2014 at 5.26pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Thaddeus Strassberger, Film, I due Foscari, interview, Production, Thaddeus Strassberger, YouTube

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