December 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of Sherrill Milnes debut at the Met. He played Valentin in Faust. Montserrat Caballé also made her Met debut that night. On Friday, the Guild began the celebration of honoring the greatest baritone there ever was, the man who put the original hunk in barihunk! Let’s face it, the man is literally the Ted Williams of opera. There is no greater comparison. Like Williams, he is wonderfully able to see his legacy, played out every day, around the world, in the young artists he is training.
My favorite? That’s simple. His Don Giovanni is now finally being acclaimed as one of the greatest – ever. It was. The man knew how to swash a buckle! I once saw him in a performance where he made his escape at the end of the first act, by doing an Errol Flynn style Tarzan swing across the stage. The audience exploded in applause. I love his Champagne Aria.
As for the photo of the 1982 MacBeth, I saw him, at the Met. Front row orchestra, center. He eventually refused to sign another photo for me. He told me I had enough to wall paper my guest bathroom.
I love this.
The Iago he did opposite Domingo’s Otello was wonderful. It was great to watch his Iago push Domingo’s Otello to the edge of sanity and beyond. I saw both of them in this performance at the Met.
I was also there, when they did this!