Turbans, harem pants and flowing robes are not trendy in the chamber opera. Krystian Lada has moved the plot from Turkey in the early 15th century to the present. Instead of picturesque baroque scenery, the emotional battles take place in a recording studio for a radio play (stage: Didzis Jaunzems); Natalia Kitamikado has picked out textile elegance in cream for some women.
A knack for entertainment
Is there actually a more sterile place than a recording studio? Except for one operation, probably not many. Fortunately, Lada has a knack for entertainment and has created a stage world for Vivaldi's pasticcio opera that oscillates between slapstick, grotesque and "CSI meat market".