Thursday, May 15, 2014

La bontà in trionfo

Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Production: Cesare Lievi


Angelina: Joyce DiDonato
Prince Ramiro: Juan Diego Flórez
Dandini: Pietro Spagnoli
Don Magnifico: Alessandro Corbelli
Clorinda: Rachelle Durkin
Tisbe: Patricia Risley
Alidoro: Luca Pisaroni

This series of Rossini's La Cenerentola at the Metropolitan Opera was a first go for Fabio Luisi, and I must say he was fantastic.  His tempos were great.  His ability to follow the singers was incredible.  Every note was secure, joyful and invigorating.  Someone mentioned in the interviews how nice it was to look down into the pit and see his smiling face.

All of these great singing actors were in form.  I didn't even mind Don Magnifico played by the great Alessandro Corbelli.  He explains that he never plays anything for laughs, and in this performance only the sisters and Dandini seemed to be deliberately aiming for silliness.  Joyce, Juan Diego, Luca, Pietro, all were fabulous.  The entire performance was filled with love and joy.  It was a truly great La Cenerentola.

I apologize to my fellow viewers for conducting and humming along throughout most of this. It is still the opera I have listened to most, and apparently I know every note.

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