The opera world has been in something of a crises this summer after the shocking announcement by our favorite baritone. This week he returned to the Metropolitan Opera, on a limited schedule, to do three performances of Trovatore. His return is made very poignant for me after the sudden and tragic loss of a young family member to a very rare form of cancer. I found the clip, below, which you can apparently only view via the Met’s FB page, at the same time I was talking to a cousin, about the diagnosis, which was just a few hours before he was gone. I sent it to Linda, telling her miracles do happen.
My view of Il Trovatore has been forever tainted by Marxism, as in A Night at the Opera. For many years, I could not even watch a performance of it. I would reach a certain part and just start laughing. I still can’t listen to the overture without automatically starting to sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame!
The quality is terrible, so go watch the movie.
Verdi’s Il Trovatore In RehearsalA sneak peek of Verdi’s IL TROVATORE, opening September 25! Check out Anna Netrebko (Leonora), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Count di Luna), and Yonghoon Lee (Manrico) in yesterday’s rehearsal. http://bit.ly/1EVS9v3
Posted by The Metropolitan Opera on Friday, September 11, 2015
Let’s be hones there, why even bother with tenors?