I am pleased to say that last Saturday I was able to hear the Met's broadcast of Puccini's Il Trittico starring Patricia Racette as all three heroines, no less, who is only the third soprano in the Met's history to essay such an endeavor, Salvatore Licitra, Heidi Grant Murphy, Stephanie Blythe, Saimir Pirgu, Alessandro Corbelli, and Zeljko Lucic. Though Licitra was suffering from a cold, it was a memorable performance, for all of the singing was done well, and the orchestra played with all of the emotion Puccini intended.
Neverthelss, despite such a preview of the coming season, I am looking forward to next week's offering of Jacques Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, which boasts a cast of Joseph Calleja, Anna Netrebko, Kathleen Kim, Ekaterina Gubanova, Kate Lindsey, and Alan Held. My expected favorites are Kathleen Kim, Joseph Calleja, and Kate Lindsey. Hoffmann is also a new production by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher, and it is presented Live in HD.
Der Rosenkavalier is the beginning of my prospective highlights of the season. The cast, which is nearly one that I would wish for only in fantasy, is Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, Christine Schafer, Eric Cutler, Thomas Allen, and Kristinn Sigmundsson. It is broadcast as a part of the regular radio broadcast season, and it is presented as a piece of the Met's celebrated Live in HD series on January 9, 2010, and I shall do all in my power to see it in my local movie theater. How could I have chosen a better cast to commence my Live in HD experience? I also wish to see Rossini's Armida at the theater since it also offered in the Met's Live in HD lineup this year, but we shall have to see about it closer to its presentation.
In conclusion I am thankful that I have a way to experience world class opera from the convenience of my home, and I hope the Met broadcast season never leaves us. Thank you for reading my posts, and I hope that God blesse you all with peace and joy this Christmas.