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Opening Night Closed: A Radio Broadcast of L’Elisir D’Amore in Review

I LOVE Opening Night. There are so many reasons. The music first and foremost, but the vibes, the new hope, everything is palpable no matter where you are.

There was so much good music and good music making this evening, it’s hard to fit all into one post. That’s why I’ve been liveblogging and livetweeting all night.

To start with, Matther Polenzani’s Nemorino was virtuosic. His simple treatment of the great aria “Una Furtiva Lagrima” was so simplistic, so basic, and so touching, the emotion was imminent and prevalent even here at my computer. Anna Netrebko is past thisdrole. As wonderful as she was this evening(She fought a wobble at some points) her voice is more dramatic, intense, and earthy that one who should sing this role. Her “Prendi” was charming, but there was so much fire and intensity, lying merely in her voice, that made the aria not as girlish and innocent as Adina should be.

Ambrogio Maestri was the best musician of the evening. His lusty, jolly base was a force to be reckoned with, channeling comedy and jollity. It was amazing, as was Mariusz Kweicien.

The high point of the opera were its ensembles amongst the leads, where they melded all the facets of great music to create a fantastic piece.

The Met Opera orcherstra was in top form under the expertly conducted baton of Maurizio Benini. The same could not be said for the chorus, as they came across as barely understandable at some points.

Well, there you have it! Another opening night! See y’all next time!

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