This opera, by contrast, lacks what Rose called “that whole Wagnerian angst-and-drawn-out thing. That’s not how ‘Rienzi’ goes. It’s a firecracker — it flies off the page. I can guarantee anybody that comes that this will not seem like five hours.”
Plus, he added, “this has never played in Boston before, and if it ever does again, it won’t be in our lifetime.”
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