- Folks, welcome to the new Golden Age of bel canto. (The Top Tweet, whatever that means, from Operaskank)
- #ComteOry at @MetOpera taught me that no matter how many sexy scenes I've done in operas, I'm still a long way from climaxing. (Ms_LauraD)
- JDD's singing is amazing! And she looks like Patrick Swayze! (That was me.)
The biggest news of the day was that dear Juan-Diego Florez and his wife--mostly his wife--had a baby just 35 minutes before curtain. It was a home birth, which I assume refers to some place closer than Lima. Poor JDF had just a moment to hold the baby, whom he says they will call Leandro, and then dashed to the Met. During an intermission interview he looked a bit dazed, but he sang beautifully throughout.
Joyce Didonato, as I mentioned in a tweet, looked and acted like a cocky young man and sang like a goddess. I stated in another post that JDD is the world standard for roles like Cherubino and Rosina, and her singing here as Isolier the page was predictably beautiful and lyrical in the legato passages and thrilling and clean in the coloratura passages.
The supporting cast were also quite good. Susanne Resmark as Countess Adèle's companion Ragonde contributed a powerful mezzo voice, apt characterization, and a couple of other things in her low-cut costume. Stéphane Degout played Ory's bud Raimbaud, giving us a beautiful, ringing baritone, making Raimbaud's drinking song in Act III quite memorable. Michele Pertusi sang the Tutor quite well.
The Met chorus, as usual, was amazing, and the orchestra, under Maurizio Benini, played at its usual very high standard. The set design by Michael Yeargen, and especially the costume design by Catherine Zuber, deserve special praise. Miss Damrau was not the only singer in stunning costumes and wigs.
Just one small complaint. The famed bed scene, where Ory enters Countess Adèle's darkened bed chamber to seduce her, but Adèle and Isolier know he's coming and set about to foil him by having Isolier in bed between Adèle and Ory. Yeah, if the explanation is that awkward, think how difficult it can be to stage it. This trio at times resembled Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In more than French farce. Any notion that Ory didn't know it that there was more than one other person in bed with him, or that he was making out with someone other than Adèle, had to fly out the window.
Still, I didn't mind so much. Overall the opera was a delight. I will see it in the house in just over a week, so I will likely want to post an update then.
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