25.9.07

MET Season Opener 2007-08: Lucia Di Lammermoor

In a star-studded event, the Met’s 2007–08 season opened last night (Monday September, 24th ) with the premiere of a new production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, directed by Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman and conducted by James Levine. French soprano Natalie Dessay starred as the doomed title heroine, Marcello Giordani sang her lover Edgardo and Mariusz Kwiecien could be heard in the role of her brother Enrico.

Among the celebrities from the worlds of theater, film, music, and politics who were greeted with cheers and applause by the assembled crowd were actresses Jane Fonda, Blythe Danner, Rachel Weisz, and Mary-Louise Parker, directors James Ivory, Anthony Minghella (whose production of Madama Butterfly opened the last Met season), Bartlett Sher (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Jack O’Brien (Il Trittico), and Adrian Noble (whose Met Macbeth has its premiere on October 22), actors Willem Dafoe and Bob Balaban, TV personalities Barbara Walters, Walter Cronkite, and Charlie Rose, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Met Board member Mercedes Bass, fashion designer Calvin Klein, singer Debbie Harry, and opera stars Anna Netrebko, Maria Guleghina, and Plácido Domingo.

From the stage inside the Met, Peter Gelb greeted the audience and announced that the performance would be dedicated to the memory of legendary soprano Beverly Sills (herself a former Met Lucia) who passed away this spring. From the moment the curtain went up on Daniel Ostling’s gorgeous Act I set, audiences were captivated by the drama unfolding on stage. The thunderous applause after Lucia and Edgardo’s love duet that closes the act had hardly died down when intermission host Mary Jo Heath welcomed Zimmerman, Ostling, and costume designer Mara Blumenfeld on the opera house’s Grand Tier for a live interview.

In a tribute to Sills and Luciano Pavarotti, images of the two artists in their numerous Met appearances flashed across the screens in and outside the opera house during both intermissions.
If audiences had been thrilled by what they were hearing and seeing during the first two acts, Natalie Dessay’s performance of the notorious Mad Scene in Act III brought the excitement to a whole new level, with the applause stopping the show for several minutes. After the final curtain had come down, the soloists and creative team took extra bows on the balcony of the Met’s Grand Tier, where they were cheered by the plaza audience.

The performance was transmitted live to Lincoln Center Plaza and to Times Square.

Text/Source: Metropolitan Opera

7 comments:

Mahler76 said...

Mas ta ehete prixei me ti Dessay kai me ti Theodossiou. Ena komati tha pei i kakomoira i hodri kai to kaname thema. Eleos!!!!!!!

P.S: Opos katalavate, I am back hihihi

Gloriana said...

An s'akoysei o Parsi tha se sfaxei!

mahler76 said...

Ela more, kai o idios to xerei pos i kopela mehri stigmis den ehei dosei kapoio theiko digma douleias, kai opos ehei anaferei kai o idios i Theodosiou alles fores ine polli kali, alles fores poli metria. Otan apoktisei statheri poiotita stis erminies tis kai otan me afisei ksero sti baniera me mia apo afts, tote tha proskiniso ki ego. Eos tote....filakia mora mou.

Gloriana said...

Ego mazi soy me 1000.

Kapote eixe ginei megali koybenta gia ti Dimitroyla sto blog toy Parsi.

Ego fobamai pos i Theodossioy den exei KALO GOYSTO ayto pisteyo oti einai kai to... monadiko meionektima tis an thes. Alla einai kai... thanasimo!

Min perimeneis na se afisei XERO pote... Den to mporei...

(Kai tora Escamillo, baraaaaa) lol

Gloriana said...

Apo kei kai pera exei FONARA, den tithetai thema...

Alla OPERA den einai mono foni, eidika simera.

Pera ap' ola omos, bravo tis, giati exei ftasei poly psila dikaiomatika.

Gloriana said...

Parsi, kana kalo video apo ti Lucia ayti tha bgei?

H lista operashare exei katantisei nerkotafeio pia...

Gloriana said...

Diabaste na gelasete (einai kai gia klamata bebaia)

http://www.contra.gr/Soccer/Spain/Primera/RealMadrid/169283.html