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“Alden Drops the Ballo: His Milquetoast Take on Verdi’s Classic Fizzles at the Met” [New York Observer]
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is first among equals in a spectacular cast when she sings the title role of Ariodante in this season’s installment of Carnegie Hall’s critically acclaimed cycle of Handel’s operas in concert. A brilliantly melodic work, the opera features outstanding arias for each of the principal singers, including Ariodante’s melancholy “Scherza infida” and show-stopping “Doppo note.” Harry Bicket and The English Concert bring authentic Handelian brilliance to this marvelous opera. (Photo: Simon Pauly) Get tickets. Read more »
“Last week’s freak nor’easter set the tone for Thursday’s chilly new production of Un Ballo in Maschera at the Met…. Sadly, [David Alden‘s] Ballo feels more like a pitch meeting than a production. There’s an avalanche of ideas, but none of them are developed.” [New York Post]
The realization of the opera Un ballo in maschera by Verdi and the librettist Antonio Somma is almost as famous as the opera itself.
Recently your doyenne engaged in an email-based interview with David Alden, director of the Met’s new production of Un ballo in maschera, opening on Thursday.
And in this dream, WQXR’s Operavore was hosting an exclusive season preview for the Met at the charming downtown Greene Space.
“Considering one of the season’s star singers is a plus-size female impersonator, opera this fall is anything but a drag.”
I have a confession to make about Britten’s opera Billy Budd: I don’t like it very much.”