They had their crosses to bear: 40-minute intervals while the sets were rebuilt (or so it sounded); a somewhat raucous stand-in Cavaradossi in Maurizio Saltarin (already billed, though, for later in the run); and a substitute soprano in Suzanne Murphy, Marion Vernette Moore having joined the long line of injured Toscas. But Suzanne Murphy is very far from short change in this role, and she was in top form after a squally start, admirably intense in her confrontation with Scarpia, superbly controlled in 'Vissi d'arte'. Peter Sidhom is an outstanding Scarpia: sinister in his elegance and mellifluousness as much as in his Grand Guignol diabolism. Carlo Rizzi conducts, with his usual strong feeling for line. A good evening, against the odds.
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