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Driving Miss Dessay

Always front and center with a vote of confidence, Peter Gelb told the New York Times, “Natalie is one of the great artists, but she also is somewhat fragile.” (The kicker on the story goes like this: ”Ms. De Niese, Mr. Gelb added, will again be available, just in case.”)  So: does it begin to look to you, cher public, like this Giulio Cesare production may resemble in some ways a ride on the montagnes russes? Should Danielle de Niese just go ahead and sublet a flat at The Bel Canto? It’s up to you, parterrians, to turn your crowdsourcing skills to the task of predicting the possibly messy course of the next few weeks.

Photo: Brigitte Lacombe/Metropolitan Opera

77 comments

  • La Valkyrietta says:

    Yes, a great piece and musically well interpreted. I liked Cleo’s brother and Cornelia’s son too. Baroque can hold much water. Commedia dell’arte can often be invoked to excuse anything. Giulio Cesare in Egitto’s production was not really offensive, though sometimes silly. Dessay was in her element with the clowning, but the flashes of good singing were very welcome. I thank Heavens that things were not carried to extremes, and Giulio did not end up being Queen Victoria in drag. :)

    • OperaQueen77 says:

      Yes, I thought the performance offered more honest-to-goodness entertainment than you’d find in all shows currently running on Broadway. Made me wonder what would happen if a proven cultural mash-up maestro like Quentin Tarantino might do if they ever decided to film a great opera.

  • shoegirl says:

    I was there also (still on holiday here). The audience provided the drag: did none of you notice the bloke with the huge yellow dress and fetching fur coat floating up and down the stairs between the grand tier and dress circle? It was grander even than Cleopatra’s frock from the final scene.

    • OperaQueen77 says:

      Yes, also saw that cute bloke in the taxi-cab size yellow dress. Second CD I’ve seen at the Met this season, there was a guy in a skirt at the Aida performance back on December 22. I may work up the nerve to wear a dress one of these days,

    • Vergin Vezzosa says:

      Oh yes. Encountered him in the opera shop before the performance. Put me in a good mood for the rest of the evening. Kind of like the person in the 70′s who came regularly as a perfect recreation of a late 40′s or 50′s debutant. Ah rimembranza!