(one operagoer's notes)
JSU,"Don't bother"******Why am I not surprised...Briefly, how would you rate the quality of the music?
I totally disagree! Great singing. Great sets. Wonderful acting. Flores, Darmrau, and DiDonato are stellar. It's a goofy, fun evening of bel canto. Marvella
Unrepentant: pleasant but unmemorable until the glorious second-act trio. I left wondering why I'd gone to this instead of a couple of Armidas.Marvella: I'm pretty much with you on the singing. The rest I found to be perfectly pitched to a certain sort of taste that's not at all like mine. More, perhaps, after I sort out my review backlog.
I am with Marvella - glorious singing. Got interesting once the women came onstage. Joyce DiD is not to be missed. Probably not as great on radio, but what an amazing voice in house. I feel stupid that I wasn't offended by the boringness/cheeziness/lameness of the production. The singing carried me through. When all else fails in an opera, just listen to the singers and watch the woodwinds.
I had to leave my two cents about the singing too. I thought the production was a little corny, but the singing was of the finest I've ever heard. JDF, Joyce and Diana were amazing, but I was even blown away by Degout and Pertusi! The phrasing! The RESONANCE of all those voices! I was texting everyone I knew at intermission and reporting that there are indeed still real opera singers left on the stage!
Absolutely no axe-grinding, please.