When a little-known opera is staged as a vehicle for a superstar, that singer had better be worth the ticket. Kansas-born mezzo Joyce DiDonato proves every inch a box-office draw at London’s Royal Opera House.
When the Royal Opera House agreed to coproduce Rossini’s “La Donna del Lago” management hoped for something dazzling. Then Lluis Pasqual’s staging opened in Paris. It was dismal, and it was heading their way.