There are many good aspects on this production. I'll restrain myself to: young John Relyea.
Barbiere, Met 2007 famous production with Le Zanzarone, DiDonato, Mattei and Del Carlo.
Too much Rossini recently. I may get depraved and end closing all my works in the same manner. Da-di-da-da, da-di-da-da, daaa... di... da... daaaaaaaaa. But it's very good recording anyway. Orchestra was sometimes louder than the singers so I could dig orchestral side of this opera as never before. Yay for whistling piccolos.
That Count Ory again. To quote his tutor, when I was wondering what to listen today I was like "yes, I'm sure it's Count Ory again!". I did read director's opinion (on Met's site): "(...) Rossini captures both—with the most beautiful love music he ever wrote". Quite agree, did he write something as sensual as darkened scene in final act, with incredible trio, in any other of his operas?
A blank post? How did this happen? I though we had a minimum limit of characters (I set it to 3, the 10 limit was annoying).
I just saw yesterday and oldie but goodie:
While Richard Croft as Cassio is sub-par, Domingo and Morris and Fleming do a superb job. One of the best Domingo performances I've seen, and Morris' Iago is one for the ages. This is of course a classic but I hadn't seen it yet. The opening scene could have been more impressive, I've seen better, but from that point on, the performance picks up and works rather well until the end. I'd give it a 4 out of 5.
"J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)
I think Schigolch posted an image that's not showing. (:
Me, right now:
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