D amiano Michieletto never wanted to touch Gioachino Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims. “There’s no story. It’s a series of musical numbers that shows off the ability of the singer. You have a big number where 14 people sing together, then the baritone’s virtuosic aria, then an even longer virtuosic aria with all the coloratura for the soprano, and so on and so forth. What can a director do?”

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