Got back a couple hours ago from opening night at the Lyric. A few initial thoughts: Holy sh*t! We won some new subscriber contest and got free tickets. Our regular tickets are in the back of the first balcony. I assumed these would be in the same seats and the "contest" was just giving away seats that didn't sell out. Wrong! We were in the 10th row on the main floor. Wow. 1) James Morris sang well, not out of this world, but well, and really inhabits the role. He is a very good actor. 2) Deborah Voigt sang very well. She cut short a high note or two, but she was overall in very good voice, and better than I expected, given people's criticism of her voice post-surgery. Her acting was very good as well. She obviously moves around the stage a lot better than before the weight-loss, and she sold the performance very well, with some nuance. I've never seen her before, but I liked her as Tosca. It worked. 3) Vladimir Galouzine is an excellent singer, but I just have a hard time with his Russian tenor singing Cavaradossi. He was good, but overall, just didn't do it for me. I can see why people love the Zeffirelli production so much, and I can see why some folks were ready for it to be replaced. It is gorgeous, well thought-out, leaves nothing to the imagination. It puts everything on the table and as a result doesn't challenge the viewer at all. That's a fine approach. I don't know if it's my favorite. I guess I'll find that out as I see more productions. Overall, solid but not spectacular. Some high notes cut short, Galouzine left me a bit cold, but I enjoyed the performance and REALLY enjoyed the people-watching. Nothing like seeing people in tuxes (mostly good, surprisingly -- even a few tartan jackets and one kilt) and expensive gowns shoving their way to the buffet during intermission. B-/B. Very excited for the rest of the season.
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9/27/09 at 1:37am