Saturday, April 14, 2012
Crash and Burn
We are all speaking of today's Live from the Metropolitan Opera in HD of Verdi's La Traviata with Natalie Dessay. Even her microphone, just under her clothes on her right side, did not save her. I have heard Natalie sing Violetta at Santa Fe, so I know it's possible. My thought is that she was not as recovered from her illness as she wished she was.
Matthew Polenzani sang his trademark sad sack Alfredo, nice but not very impressive. Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Germont is the best Verdi baritone around. He was simply wonderful. Fabio Luisi was conducting one of 20 performances at the Met this month, either a record or a tie, including Die Walküre last night and Manon tonight. I have written about the Willy Decker production here.
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