4 July 2016 at 12.56pm | Comment on this article
Noseda is acclaimed around the world for his performances in opera houses and concert halls, but it is only now that he is making his Royal Opera debut. For these long-overdue appearances he is conducting a key work by Giuseppe Verdi – someone Noseda considers ‘one of the greatest geniuses in the history of music’.
‘Verdi was able to change his society. He started to create a feeling for Italians to be Italian, to nurture our soul into being one unified country’, says Noseda, referring to the important role the composer's music played in the unification of his homeland. ‘That’s why his music still has a freshness – it’s the power of his personality. I think he was a great guy.’
'Verdi got to the point', he continues. 'Sometimes people say, “Ah, but Verdi’s a little bit simplistic, a little bit banal” – but no. He knows the kind of music that arrives directly to your heart, before your intellect. He was able to say what he wanted to say through music. Without wanting to be a seducer, he seduces.’
The conductor also spoke of the challenges of conducting Verdi's work, and what he sees as the future for opera as an art form.
Il trovatore runs 1 December 2016-8 February 2017.
Tickets go on sale to Friends of Covent Garden on 21 September 2016. General booking opens on 18 October 2016.