Starting right this minute, Lucia di Lammermoor starring Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja, webcast by Sonostream!
I got there in time for the last act and sadly missed the Sextette.
While I found everyone to be in fine voice, I was disappointed in the tempo that Damrau took for the Mad Scene. She did a beautiful job but somehow it lost something vital for me because of the slowness.
I certainly feel I am in the minority because they gave her a rousing amount of applause.
I thought the glass armonica was fascinating.
Calleja’s voice is a wonder. He always sounds so unforced and somehow reminds me of the voices of yesteryear.
I agree that the tempo lumbered(impeding her agility as well) during the Mad Scene. Damrau is a fine, committed singer, but it’s not a voice I love to death. Thought her Traviata at the Met last season was a personal triumph, but she tends to push the voice into overdrive.
Calleja’s voice is lovely, and indeed reminiscent of acoustic/early electric era singers, but it seems to lack their color and dynamic range, and is a bit monochrome. Still, that seems churlish in light of his poised delivery.
Once Beverly learned the Daughter of the Regiment, she used the cadenza from the lesson scene whenever she needed shtick
Watching the video of the Damrau Lucia. It’s sort of painful to watch her taking care to motivate every phrase with thought and intention. In this case, the closeups are not becoming. She’s clearly one of the most accomplished singers in the spotlight today, but she leaves me cold. The dress for the first act is really ugly. I doubt that I will ever watch the rest of the performance.
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