Les Troyens at the Met last night! I had been rather intimidated by this five hour (and fifteen minutes) opera by Berlioz, but it turned out to be amazing.
The epic drama is basically two operas in one. The
first two acts concern the end of the Trojan War and focus on Cassandra
and her prophecies. The last three acts concern Aeneas and Dido in
Carthage. The grand production included long segments of ballet that
were gorgeous and interestingly choreographed (more like contemporary
dance). And a very large chorus. The sets and lighting were beautiful and evocative.
I had tried to read the plot synopsis on Wikipedia, but found it
impossible to follow, however, I had no trouble during the actual opera,
with the help of course of the Met titles. It was thoroughly
engrossing. The music was lush, and the singing, particularly Susan
Graham as Dido, was amazing. Other performers included the mezzo-soprano
Karen Cargill as Dido's sister, who had a lovely, deep voice, Deborah
Voigt as Cassandra, who carried the whole first and second acts, Dwayne
Croft who sang Coroebus, beautifully in the first and second acts, and
Marcello Giordani (who I've now seen in a number of roles) as Aeneas.
Most of his performance was pretty good but not really charismatic, but
he had one aria that was incredible. As I said, the stand out
performance was Susan Graham. Stunning.
This was a real treat. Thank you Met Varis Weekend Ticket Lottery!
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
We were thrilled that baritone John Del Carlo was one of the three performers. We saw him in Barber of Seville and Tosca last year, he is a wonderful singer as well as a terrific comedic actor.
The only down side was the weather. It was well over 90 muggy degrees well after 10pm. YUCK.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
The singers were Danielle de Niese, Dimitri Pittas, and John Del Carlo. They were all wonderful! In addition to having beautiful voices, they were all charismatic light-hearted performers, with a very welcoming and friendly stage presence.
The program was very full, about two hours long, with an intermission. The first act featured several arias and duets from Don Pasquale, as well as selections from Le Nozze di Figaro and La Boheme, among others. The second act was fabulous, but they changed the program from what's listed, and I can't remember what they performed.
The view behind the stage was beautiful. Right on the East River, we were treated to a stunning New York skyline. This picture of us was snapped by Pittas and posted on facebook. Meridita, Rachel and I are in there somewhere!