As usual, apologies for my lack of technical expertise in music but this is well worth a visit. Splendid sets, ballet relevant to the action, superb music and the chorus in fine form. That should be enough but the four soloists are on great form here - particularly Erwin Schrott as the fanatical Sicilian nationalist - which really makes for a memorable evening.
The history may be a bit dodgy but no-one goes to an opera for a history lesson, I suspect.
I still don't really like the production - hilarious the ROH call it 'sumptuous' which is going a bit far as it's the same set for all five acts with bits moved around a tad and a few mirrors and some gold. However, with one exception, it was vocally first rate. Predictably Erwin Schrott was the star but Michael Volle was superb too and, after a lacklustre start, Bryan Hymel was simply tremendous. I've thought of him as just a competent, middle ranking tenor before but he is developing into a real star. The evening was let down by Rachel Stanisci who simply should not be singing at an international opera house of the calibre of Covent Garden. A lot of the time she was inaudible but when she was she produced a really horrible wide vibrato.
I forgot to say it's a really good opera musically and dramatically with some superb arias and ensembles. I always had in my head it was pretty early in Verdi's output but it's not, being after Traviata and before Boccanegra. I really think it should be performed more frequently.