The opera was slower paced than other operas, with hardly a plot. If you are inexperienced with
countertenors, it is amazing and a little weird to see how high countertenor Andreas Scholl sings. The greatest part of the opera was to see Renée Fleming in the title role. She is as fine and powerful a singing actor as anyone on stage today and specializes in this repertoire. She is a knockout. In the version I saw there were some extremely annoying production issues. First, the Regal Webster Place in Chicago is a nasty place. The delicate Handel passages were often ruined by thunderous bass and other noises from adjacent theaters. There was booming, buzzing, vrooming and other effects that Handel never intended. I will never go back there. Also, the broadcast from the Met seemed to have problems, with the sound from Fleming as times being muted. The whole first act, the vocals were too soft to hear properly. Other than that, Mr. Lincoln, I enjoyed the play
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