Giovanna d'Arco - Felsenreitschule, 13 August 2013
Verdi's version of the Joan of Arc story may differ from the one you learned at school. For operatic purposes, the Maid of Orleans stirs the loins of the King of France. Believing she has reciprocated, her shamed father betrays her to the English enemy and denounces her as a witch. Sentenced to the stake, she escapes with her remorseful father's aid, only to die in battle. Or almost, pending a brief mid-funeral revival. You can see why nobody dares to stage it.