26. June 2009 · Comments Off on Last Night @ The Opera · Categories: Opera, Ramble

We are home. I really enjoyed Traviata. I had a few minor quibbles, but I don’t write about quibbles other than to say I had ’em. Mostly because I like the word “quibbles”.

There was a wonderful solo by clarinetist Jerry Simas. I must say that his playing this year has been superb. I’m sorry I missed the Opera San José Carmen performances on which he was subbing, as I would have loved to have complimented him on the San Francisco Opera performances I have heard this year. The banda sounded great too (Hi Janet!). (I wish Opera San José could use a banda more frequently, but I’m sure it’s about the cost.) And Netrebko? That woman’s voice can fill a hall. But the interesting thing is that even when she sings piano she fills the hall. I’m not sure how she does that. I saw a review that was incredibly harsh about her, but I loved what she did, and I think her voice sounds great. I thought the other singers were wonderful as well. I love the timbre of Dwayne Croft’s voice (he was Germont), and Charles Castronovo (Alfredo) especially moved me toward the end, when he sings (“Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo”) to Violetta as she rests her head in his lap; he sang the beginning of that as a tender lullaby. Or at least that’s how it worked for me.

It was a lovely end of a season for us. I now look forward to next year!

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