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Broadcast: Cyrano de Bergerac

Be ready to start chatting at 12:30 today, cher public, when the Met broadcasts The Knights Who Say “Nez!”

Photo Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.

  • La Cieca

    Personne?

    • manou

      Seulement moi (balcony scene now). I know the play by heart, which helps.

      • manou

        Un point rose qu’on met sur l’i du verbe aimer…

  • ER

    i’m embarrassed to say I didn’t know (until it started) that the opera was in French. It’s got some gorgeous music in it.

    • Camille

      Don’t be embarrassed.
      It’s only natural to think an Italian composer and one who had previously composed in his native language, would be writing in Italian.

      Such anomalies happen. Les Dialogues des Carmélites was given its absolute première in Italian because of its locale (La Scala), and Massenet’s Hérodiade was first given as “Erodiade” for reasons I can’t bring up to instant recall at the moment.

      So, don’t be embarrassed.

  • manou

    Alagna is pretty terrific in this scene

    • ER

      yes and the Roxanne is gorgeous too. Between Amber Wagner in Dutchman and now Rowley, i wonder if we have two major stars in the making.

      • manou

        I saw Rowley as Leonora (Trovatore) in Lille -- she was very good.

  • I’ve been listening while doing housework. I don’t know the opera. But Alagna sounds very well indeed!

  • Brackweaver

    Alfano knew how to save the longer melodic bits for the important moments. I’m not sold on Rowley-the vibrato is a little much for me. RA is not in very fresh voice.

    I’m looking forward to the starving/homesick male choral moment.

  • Camille

    That openingr scene is really quite lovely with beautiful orchestral writing. The more I hear this work the more I am liking it. It does require a bit of listening and getting acquainted.

  • manou

    The last scene is pretty powerful -- If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.

  • Camille

    Is Christian really dumm enuf to get himself shot that quickly or is he just negligent as he is bummed out from the “même laid” exchange with his wife, or is he suddenly suicidal?

    So it is September--yes, this tonal painting is very nice and very evocative of autumn. My favourite part of this opera.

    • manou

      For the plot to work out he has to be disposed of -- the wedding night would be too crowded,

  • rapt

    This scene seems to be written at a different level of inspiration from the rest. (Actually, the opera seems to me to get better act by act.)

    • Camille

      Yes, as if the only important thing at all is that the true love between these two--and its sudden and shocking revelation after having been eclipsed all those years--that this be the one and only truly important thing.

  • Camille

    “Mon panache”.

    Bravo, Cyrano.

    • suzyQ

      I was in the house today & Alagna & Rowley were superb! I was in tears at the end.

      • Camille

        This is really a big weekend for you in the house, isn’t it?

        Shoes polished? Hat at the ready? Gloves cleaned? No rips at seams? Ready set and go tomorrow!
        I shall be listening in.

      • Camille

        I know what you mean. It was quite the most moving ending. Happy you had such a positive experience.

  • Camille

    Brava to Miss Rowley and may she return again soon.

    I can hardly wait to hear this in the coming week and maybe I’ll go to both performances as I’ve never in my life have an oportunity like this again.

  • Camille

    Monsieur ŒDIPE—
    I hope you were listening and enjoying the afterglow, whevere you are in the world.

  • manou

    The performance was on BBC Radio 3, which means it is available for a month if anyone missed it.

    • grimoaldo2

      Thank you manou, I couldn’t listen today but am glad to be have the chance to do so in the next few days.

      • manou

        Hello grim -- here is the link for the repeat:

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ny5jt

        I had to miss the beginning because of various interruptions, but I shall listen again when I have a chance. Enjoy!

      • Camille

        Do so, you will like it a lot although tonight’s was far better vocally.

  • Camille

    Just as reference, and posted once more for those thinking about attending this work:

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=o0PyjtRE11M

    • Leontiny

      How lovely. Thank you. My first viewing of a staged version. The story really comes alive.

      • Camille

        Yes indeed. It help immeasureably with the first act, an uninteresting mess otherwise. So glad you enjoyed and hope others will make use of this video.

  • Kenneth Shaw

    Both Rowley and Alagna shine in this. I recently shared the stage with Jennifer in Vanessa, and she was a consummate professional and stunning in the title role. Her Roxanne is even better! I believe this is her time, and I hope she is recognized for her technique, quality and presence. All are exceptional.

    • Camille

      I certainly hope so as well! Quite the most refreshing performance from an unheralded young American artist I’ve seen in some time. Excellent.

  • Camille

    Just now returned from quite a wonderful performance of the CYRANO. More tomorrow.

    If you can grab a ticket still and like this repertory or the star singer,
    Go.

  • Camille

    The Alagna Report from last night—

    What does one say about this singer other than he confounds all logic and proportion, time and space?

    This performance Wednesday May 10th, was leagues ahead of almost anything I’ve heard him in over the last, say, 20 years. It was also better vocally than the broadcast on Saturday. A real star turn and a revival of an infrequently done work--and with good reason--which was more than justified here. Perhaps the success, and it was very well attended and vociferously applauded, will encourage a revival and a longer run and HD in the future. That, I doubt, but this success should encourage the MET to revive the production of La Juive, at the very least. Bravo e bis!

    About the newcomer Miss Rowley—let her take on ALL the upcoming Musettas, a Traviata or two, and I don’t inow what else. It was such a reliefto listen to a young(ish) singer who produced a consistently beautiful stream of sound and who was so able and proficient in her stage action. Her épée-brandishing in the third act was a particular bravura moment--talk about panache!
    As I had heard her once before, (Charleston Spoleto production of Le Villi, I had had some previous idea of her singing and it appears she has progressed considerably! A very welcome appearance from an American singer whom I would gladly go to other performances of, should she he featured in, In lieu of Mmes. X, Y, and Z, otherwise known as the Met Pets.

    Since listening to this several times now, I’ve made connections to several Puccini operas--moderations and modulations of themes from Manon Lescaut, Turandot and Fanciulla, thus far, but supposing it can hardly be helped, as Puccin’s music was so diffused and, of course, poor Alfano got stuck with that lousy ghostwriting job. A little sorry now to have not attended that tumultuous La leggenda di Sakuntala, given a couple years back here by another company. Hmmmmmm. Since I really like his Risurezzione, and wish it could be given occasionally, maybe one has to give Alfano a second chance. Or a chance at all.

    The fairly recent debutant tenor, Atalla Ayan, continues to impress and held his own againt Alagna, not an easy thing in this ungrateful
    role, and the striking tall baritone Juan Jesús Rodriguez was good enough but sounded not a lot like he had inIl Trovatore.
    Anyway, a most satisfactory evening at the MET and my favorite of this season in which I’ve hardly gone, for one reason or another…same old, same old—boring productions I’ve seen already—bad singjng or worse yet, mediocre or indifferent singing--just all of the above has led to my indifference. Next season doesn’t look to be all that different but one never knows…just never.