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Subject: IDOMENEO at the Met
From: jack rance <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 29 Sep 2006 12:44:09 -0400
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This was a very good performance despite a casting miscalculation. The musicians know exactly what Levine wants in this opera; he doesn't do much...just sits there with his head down beating time. 

Ben Heppner was in fine form, and he was hugely applauded for "Fuor del mar". I've never thought of him as a heldentenor. Tonight most of the old beauty and generosity of tone was audible. Kristine Jepson warmed up to give a fine Idamante. Dorothea Roschmann was sensational as Ilia, her beautiful voice sails ideally into the house; it is a very individual sound. She is musical and passionate. Olga Makarina is more an Ilia-type but was here singing Elettra. The first aria went for nought; she tried to beef up her sound by pushing the middle and lower tones. Later, in "Idol mio" she was sounding far more attractive and she had a good shot at "D'Oreste, D'Ajace!" capping it with an unwritten high-C. Jeffrey Francis (debut) was a really fine Arbace and Juilliard  Simon O'Neill showed off a clean, sizeable sound and Italianate warmth. Stephen Milling was a very effective Voice of Neptune and debuting Lisette Oropesa sang prettily as a Woman of Crete. 

Lots of empty seats and lots of people left during each intermission.

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