Fernando Herrera is a London-based engineer who discovered opera through his grandmother’s piano reduction scores and cheap CDs bought at newsstands. When he moved to Madrid he became a regular at Teatro Real using the “under 26” ticket scheme. Now he is trying to catch up with the busy musical life of London.
For this revival of Tosca Teatro Real has configured several casts with some of the best singers in the world: Sondra Radvanovsky, Maria Agresta, Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Michael Fabiano, Yusif Eyvazov, Jonas Kaufmann, Carlos Álvarez, Gevorg Hakobyan and Luca Salsi.
There was a lot expectation about the new opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp. Their previous collaboration, Written on Skin, was an enormous critical and public success, earning the work a place in the exclusive club of 21th century classics with selected works by Saariaho, Heggie and Birtwistle.