Photo credit: Arielle Doneson
It must have appeared quite chaotic for the poor horse drawing the carriage for Musetta's entrance, for a perfectly charming and dazzling entrance turned into a slightly frightening one when the horse refused to go on further and in fact backed off stage. The amazing Musetta for the evening didn't miss a beat and easily made it back onstage for her first sung entrance, and was of course the focus for the remainder of the act. Resplendent in red velvet, amply sharing her rich, soaring voice, Miss Rowley left no doubt as to her mastery of this and so many other roles requiring beautiful singing from a beautiful woman. Her Act II Musetta was childish and impulsive, like Veruca Salt, reminding us just how young and vulnerable these Bohemians really were. By Act IV, sorrow had made a more mature woman out of Musetta, so that the noble gesture of selling her jewelry to buy medicine for Mimi is no surprise.
|Anita Hartig at ROH Covent Garden|
photo: Bill Cooper
As always the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and the Met Children's Chorus were excellent. Although the orchestra is always just as excellent, in this case it seemed the conductor, Stefano Ranzani, wasn't always with his singers.
La Boheme continues at the Met through April 18. Miss Rowley alternates with Susanna Phillips as Musetta.
|La Boheme Act II|
Metropolitan Opera photo from a previous season