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Was hast du, Nemorino, du siehst so verstort?

In a rare last-minute change of program, the Metropolitan Opera has canceled tomorrow night’s performance of L’elisir d’amore, programming instead Berg’s Wozzeck featuring the cast of the Donizetti opera. Seen in the rehearsal photo above is Anna Netrebko as Marie. (The blood-red moon is not pictured.)


  • Camille says:

    Just returned from Carnegie Hall where Maestro Muti RAISED THE ROOF with Feste Romane of Respighi. It was all stops out, balls to the wall and great fun.

    He dedicated the Martucci ‘Notturno’, a lovely little piece, to Marilyn Horne, who “did so much for Italian music’ — apparently in the audience although I did not see her.

    The Chicago Orchestra sounded just terrific.

    Bravo e Bis, Carissimo Maestro Muti and please come back some time soon!!!!!

  • zinka says:

    Elisir D’Amore

    I LOVED the Elisir last night.How often do we get four artists all together who are superb??Not in Verdi or wagner, for sure!! This B.S. about the “Risorgimento” and all that nonsense is not is just a lovable show!!! Here are my comments on the supoib artists:
    I always said that Martha Moedl could read the Dresden telephone directory and i would love it;I feel the same about Anna Netrebko doing ANYTHING! What a glamorous voice and stage presence for days! A few people (??) feel she is not suited for the role..Why? Can’t you have a big voicein Donizetti? Remember Freni? Great lady, and as marvelous as anyone I have ever seen. I do not know why some people denigrate her..Gelosia???
    Matthew polenzani has a big gorgeous voice and the poor lovesick Nemorino was a beautiful portrayal.He colors the tone to make many lovely effects, and onstage he is a lovable (sad) guy, at the mercy of that mean Kwiecen as Belcore, who was a fine as any baritone in captivity..another star.(Poland is turning them out these days!).
    Maestri has a nice,if not memorable, buffo voice, that is remarkable on top;in fact,Benini lets him end the Nemorino/Dulcamara duet on an enormous high G, which they never let me do! He is no Corena, who could be funny by just appearing, and i think more could be done to show some of the humor in the role, but one must give credit to any Dulcamara who comes out and sings that long aria with all the tongue-twisting words.
    I am so happy to have enjoyed this performance, and even after 100 years of opera-going, I still sit there and thrill to these beautiful evenings.

  • zinka says:

    Who has more FUN singing???????????????????

    Adored lady!!!!!!