The reviews for Aida are not encouraging:
- Janos Gereben on opera-l
- Jason Victor Serinus in SFCV
- sfmike at Civic Center
- Joshua Kosman at the Chron
- Opera Tattler at Opera Tattler
Neither is this YouTube clip of Micaela Carosi singing "O patria mia" last spring in London, with Nicola Luisotti, which left me rolling my eyes. Note the huge preparation and lunge for the top C, and the lack of repose throughout.
Choices to be made: keep the Aida ticket and trade the Nozze ticket for Werther? Trade the Aida ticket, keep the Nozze ticket (or give it to someone) and see Aida at the ballpark? Bag Aida altogether? See Aida in the house for Zajick and hope everybody else improves? It's especially dismaying that Luisotti was off form Friday night, because Aida has some room to be a conductor's opera.