- Martin Bernheimer is displeased.
- Anthony Tommasini is skeptical about the concept, vague about how good the vocal performances were (but I agree with him in general about Florez), and hilarious on one aspect of the updating: "When the villagers in Bellini’s opera discover Amina asleep in the count’s room, they are scandalized. But why would Amina’s colleagues be so shocked by a little backstage hanky-panky? What kind of urban opera company is this?"
- Jonathan Wellsung had a great time.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Compare and Contrast 13
The Met's new production of Bellini's La Sonnambula opened the other day, by Mary Zimmerman and starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez. The reviews are in entertaining contrast to one another: