Monday evening's I Lombardi at Avery Fisher Hall

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Monday evening's I Lombardi at Avery Fisher Hall

Post by arepo » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:28 pm

If you missed it, I am truly sad for you. It was a totally spectacular one-time experience with the star of the show clearly being Michael Fabiano and also starring the beautiful voice of soprano Angela Meade, who certainly was no slouch. But the night belonged to Michael.

My comments on conductor Eve Queler's I Lombardi by Verdi at Avery Fisher Hall on Monday night:
After last night's triumph from Michael Fabiano, I am a strong believer. That man can SING!
He was very pleased with the well-deserved stomping and bravos that were hurled his way non-stop. His after-death aria was sung from the second tier and it was magnificent and the place went wild.

Unlike another who dissed Angela Meade, I must say that I was more than thrilled with her. I think two reasons were involved. The first being that it was a concert version and no acting was necessary which strengthened her performance.
Not being familiar with the opera and having nothing to compare her exquisitely rendered arias with any other soprano to see whether she was singing off key or not, I truly was pleased with her voice. She has a wonderful way with pianissimos.

The entire performance was one that was very fulfilling and a mention must be made of the magnificent chorale which did a bang up job with some rather intricate singing.

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Re: Monday evening's I Lombardi at Avery Fisher Hall

Post by Steinway » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:57 am

This opera was a Verdi work I hadn't heard before and Monday night's presentation was a revelation, indeed.

Many memorable moments, including a splendid violin solo and accompaniment which was highly unusual. The singers, particularly Meade and Fabbiani were marvelous and all in all, a thoroughly enjoyable performance.

Why is this opera not produced at the Met? It's got all the ingredients for success.

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Re: Monday evening's I Lombardi at Avery Fisher Hall

Post by lennygoran » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:09 am

Cliftwood wrote:
Why is this opera not produced at the Met? It's got all the ingredients for success.
Well they have done it:

[Met Performance] CID:314640
Metropolitan Opera Premiere
I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata {1}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/2/1993
Debuts: Inma Egido, Mark Lamos
Review
[Met Performance] CID:314680
I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata {2}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/6/1993
[Met Performance] CID:314740
I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata {3}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/11/1993
[Met Performance] CID:314760
I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata {4}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/14/1993
[Met Performance] CID:314790
I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata {5}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/1993
[Met Performance] CID:314840
I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata {6}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/21/1993
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:315000
I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata {7}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/7/1994
[Met Performance] CID:315050
I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata {8}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/12/1994
[Met Performance] CID:315080 Opera News
I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata {9}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/15/1994
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:315130
I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata {10}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/20/1994
[Met Performance] CID:316140

Regards, Len

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Re: Monday evening's I Lombardi at Avery Fisher Hall

Post by Steinway » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:33 am

Thanks, Len.

I was just getting into my opera phase in 93.

It's time to do it again!

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Re: Monday evening's I Lombardi at Avery Fisher Hall

Post by John F » Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:06 pm

I knew that was the Met's belated premiere of the opera, but didn't realize that they gave it only in the 1993-4 season, without even one revival. That's unusual, and I wonder why - especially since we're in a Verdi year now. The window of opportunity to see it there was less than two months.
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