But the biggest news may have been the company debut of Nicola Luisotti, a fast-rising young conductor whose name the rumor mill is currently linking to the post of music director at the San Francisco Opera. Evaluating him on this performance, an opera house would be lucky to have him. It wasn’t just his passion or his ability to bring out every detail of the score and deal with the singers’ sometimes willful phrasing; it was that he conducted “Tosca” as if it really mattered. Even James Morris, who has sometimes sung Scarpia as a growling caricature, picked up on the excitement and turned in a respectably dark villain.He was brilliant in last year's Forza, so, MY fingers and toes are all crossed.
“Tosca” seemed vital again. And in this venerable, twice-told production, that is news indeed.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Oh, please, oh, please.
Anne Midgette writes in today's Times about a rumor I dearly hope is true: