Written May 07, 2013
I have not enjoyed some of the Met's new productions, especially La Traviata and Rigoletto. I am inclined to agree with the critic who, in commenting on the Met's new Ring, said that "pound for pound, ton for ton, this is the most witless and wasteful production in operatic history. However, back to the current topic. I thought that the production was witty and well conceived. Natalie Dessay was in good voice, and her dancing and acting were delightful. It seems chic to have elements of different periods mixing it up on the operatic stage, and in this production, I don't think it was objectionable. My problem, and this is my problem with many baroque operas, is that they tend to be imbalanced in favor of the high voices. Counter tenors certainly serve a purpose in presenting baroque opera, since castrati are extinct, but, personally, I am just not crazy about the timbre of this particular kind of voice.
Written December 29, 2014
Great Baroque music, superb cast (esp. Desay and Coote), incredible production by David McVicar.
Written January 27, 2015
Creative production, excellent cast, truly outstanding
Written August 31, 2015
Production was good though I thought Christophe Damaux would have been a Cesare as his singing was crisper. Natalie Dessay was entertaining.
Written November 25, 2015
Fantastic, best opera yet. Hope you will show repeats this summer and continue with the new season in the Fall. Well done!