Friday, October 17, 2008

Perhaps it was me

And I may be jaded, but despite the blogland praise, in the house (for last night's end-of-run Salome) I thought the overall focus and energy wasn't up to the level of last week's barn-burner (probably the best I've seen in either year), with Mattila yesterday sounding (sometimes excitingly, it's true) close to the bottom of her vocal gas tank.

Still, holding her to that peak standard would be ridiculous, and the maximal playfulness and abandon of last night's physical portrayal was something.

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Absolutely no axe-grinding, please.