The Mediterranean turns into an opera character.
In Otello it is a stormy sea, the depth of anxiety weaved through the overall tragedy, a backdrop to the crimes of passion evoked in the most paradigmatic of all jealousy dramas.
The Mediterranean is the cradle of the composer of Norma, whose music recounts the huge distance between human misery and the luminous, cloudless sky. The moon is the "Casta Diva" shining over earthly tragedies.
In Trovatore, the Mediterranean marks the boundaries of the arduous coexistence between gipsies and the Aragonese medieval rulers.
The Mediterranean we portray this year is a crossroads of cultures and ties amongst its many lands and shores. It is the site of encounters and clashes of values and archetypes.