The great Italian ballet star Carla Fracci arrived at the opening of La Traviata at the Carlo Felice theatre in Genoa.
Art and culture cannot die. We must do everything possible to help this theatre and the culture which nourishes mankind.”
This Traviata marks the reopening of Genoa's beautiful modern theatre after closures brought about by government cut-backs and, according to some, poor management in the past.
Fabrizio Maria Carminati conducted Henning Brockhaus's production. Norah Amsellem snag the role of Violetta Valery and her young tenor from the city itself was Francesco Meli.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.