I'm going to forego a lengthy review of the performance of Bizet's "Carmen" that I saw at La Fenice on April 4. La Fenice proved that no staging, no matter how silly, can spoil this great opera. The score is simply too strong. Full frontal nudity, Carmen removing her panties, and extra-graphic humping scenes seemed gratuitous--a weak production in my view. I had to laugh when I mentioned this on Facebook and an old friend said that he saw Offenbach's "Tales of Hoffman" at La Fenice not to long ago and they managed to fit full frontal nudity and humping into that production too!
Still a great night in a beautiful venue. And the walk back, past St. Mark's, was a nice way to end the trip.