johnleiser

Attila@ The Met 3/27/10

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Attlia has not been done at The Met for a long time and I don’t know why! The Verdi music is great and lots of juicy solo and ensemble and choral parts, it is Verdi after all. And to hear the way he turned into La Traviata and Rigoletto is refreshing. We are so used to these melodies that it is a deja vu kind of experience to hear unfamiliar and yet some how in our ear in Atilla. The story is typical, that is a tenor a couple of basses and a soprano fighting to the death. Viva Italy,I guess!
The staging is new and interesting. It hovers over the action and somehow highlights the singing, I am in a small minority that liked it a lot, but I think The Met could use some new stuff!
The singers were mostly new to me and they were uniformly excellent; Odabell,Violeta Vassallo, announced a cold, but it was not apparent, she hit all the notes with a hammer!!the chorus and the orchestra is so good that we almost forget that it wasn’t always this way. And Sam Ramey as a cardinal including red shoes and the cardinal cap looked like the exclamation point for this terrific opera production.

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