Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pêchers at the Met.

1-13-16 SHORT HILLS: Yesterday evening we had snow flurries on our way back to NYC for the opera. This morning there was dusting of snow in a few spots. It was cold and windy all day.

We heard Les Pêcheurs de Perles, The Pearl Fishers, at the Met—we both loved it. Visually the production is stunning with deep divers to the ocean floor, a typhoon, a burning village, day turning to night, boats on the ocean and a riot. Georges Bizet’s music, for this opera, hasn’t been heard in New York since 1916. Pity that.

Diana Demrau as Leila, Mariusz Kwiecien as Zurga, Matthew Polenzani as Nadir and Nicholas Testé as a priest of Brahma are the featured performers and were all in good voice in some great arias. The opera choir is always great, and Gianandrea Noseda, conductor, got some great performances from the orchestra including some good solos. The plot involves a virgin priestess, rivals for her love, betrayals, death sentences, fire, a storm, improbable coincidences and all the usual stuff of opera. It was great! The audience loved it.

Before the show, we had dinner at Café Fiorello with my Aunt Jean. We discussed a lot of family history.

The Met from the Plaza...


Packed house, there are people up there on top...

Big applause while the fire rages on.

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