Martin Mayer in Opera:
Aa reasonably empty manufacturing, staged in a matter-of-fact method by John Copley and losing in a kind of random fussiness a number of of the magical moments of the piece (most notably the Mount Parnassus scene). Nevertheless it did come to life on the half-dozen events when Tatiana Troyanos took centre stage as Caesar and created the bravest of courageous heroes (and naturally the wiliest of hunters). Troyanos nonetheless has [first]-night jitters, however the voice didn’t coarsen on October 3, when her each second on stage was a musical and dramatic pleasure.
Kathleen Battle’s Cleopatra was extra problematic, partly as a result of the voice is inescapably small for the home (‘a beautiful Cleopatra’, a colleague stated, ‘for Drottningholm’), partly as a result of she initiatives a well-schooled musicality and pert manners-and so little extra. There are additionally, one regrets to report, a couple of incipient vocal issues, which Peter Davis described as ‘cooing’, a sound produced with decrease jaw pulled again, decrease lip over enamel, and throat stretched. Nonetheless, she stays for the general public “prima inter pares” in our astonishing assortment of younger gentle lyrics, and the hovering purity of the voice exterior the coo vary offers nice pleasure.
Sarah Walker was a uninteresting Cornelia, but it surely’s a uninteresting position. Martine Dupuy was a sensational Sextus, energizing the stage for each her arias. The night was remarked for its marketed introduction of the counter-tenor voice to the Met stage. Jeffrey Gall acquitted himself admirably as Ptolemy, with a whiny however not unmusical sound and mastery of the fashion. Derek Ragin was a little bit extra strained as Nirenus. Trevor Pinnock within the pit escaped rum-tum-tum monotony, which might plague this very lovely piece, and the orchestra principally performed very effectively for him, generally spectacularly (particularly within the obbligatos, the looking horns of `Va, tacito’ and the joyous valveless trumpets of the ultimate scene).
On today in 1958 the Met opening night time boasted a revival of Tosca.
Pleased 84th birthday soprano Edda Moser.