Finalment..."let it all hang out Verdi"!
No, not a prissey/polite chamber piece, Nabucco is full of Italian flavoring, with a nice touch of garlic. It is a hum-along, foot-tapping evening of FUN.
As a non-bekiever in the "artistry" of Juam Pons, I thought last night he was just great. His leathery voice is properly gruff & bullish for portraying this warrior king.
Guleghina could have used some basso chest tones alla Tebaldi & Suliotis to underscore her dramatic moments; but, what the heck, at the end of this orddel she was able to stand without assistance & she was not bleeding from her larynx & her top appeared darned fine.
Sam ramey was THE star if the show. In his 60's & developing a wobble, he nevertheless stunned me with those top notes that rang out clear as a bell. His was the dominant presence throughout.
I would have greatly preferred Casanova to the mush-voiced Ismaele; but who cares for the tenor anyhow in this opera.
Jimmy Levine continues to impress me with his genuine love for & involvement in what he is doing. It is watching someone who is having "fun" & thoroughly enjoying himself.
The Met chorus should have been paid double their normal performance fee for the excellence that they displayed & the length of choral singing required in this work.