I was also there on Tuesday and was utterly captivated. A brilliantly layered piece from Verdi. The orchestra under Pappano were fantastic, as one would expect. Monastyrska was good but I wanted a bit more focus from her on the big notes - her control in the piano sections was exquisite, but her vocal tone became rather broad when she put the power on. Kaufmann and Tezier were a sensation. I know people have mentioned that Kaufmann's voice isn't as powerful as it once was, but he was the stand out for me. His technique is incredible and the emotion that he conveys through his voice is unparalleled by any male opera singer I've seen.
Post by AddisonMizner on Apr 11, 2019 16:08:14 GMT
I saw an encore screening of the cinema broadcast last Sunday (unfortunately I was unable to get tickets to hear both Netrebko and Kaufmann live).
Netrebko was stunning, as was Ludovic Tezier (a voice I am yet to hear live, but can’t wait for the opportunity). For me, Kaufmann took a while to warm up. His voice doesn’t have the shine it once did (from singing roles too big for him I suspect. The voice sounds huge on recordings, but not live in the theatre). I agree though that the duets (particularly the last one) between him and Tezier were electric.
The production was inoffensive. This was all about the singing (as opera should be).