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Subject: FW: Nabucco at the Met / FTr review
From: Miguel A De Virgilio <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:55:31 +0000

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Subject: Nabucco at the Met / FTr review


Metropolitan Opera, New York

	Plácido Domingo, born in 1941, is an over-achiever. No lesser description will do.

	Having made his Met debut in 1968, he has sung more than 650 performances spanning 49 roles at Lincoln Center.  On the side, he has spent more than 150 evenings on the podium, leading ten different challenges.
Altogether he has made more than 4,000 appearances in opera houses worldwide. 

	He shows no sign of slowing down, and there he was, Monday night, making his mark on the title role of Verdi's +Nabucco+.  Although the programme identifies him as a tenor, he now concentrates on lower vehicles.
Still, one nasty question lingers: is a tenor without top notes really a baritone?

	The ever- beloved baritenor got through Nabucco without mishap, thanks to his intelligence and fervour. It would be less than realistic to claim that he commands the ideal vocal richness, force and colour for this sort of assignment. Nevertheless, his intelligence, steadiness and dedication provide reasonable compensations. 

	On this occasion, he had to contend with Elijah Moshinsky's awkward quasi-mod staging, introduced in 2001 and now overseen by J. Knighton Smit.
John Napier's cumbersome round-table set confronts the inmates with silly obstacle courses and mazes of treacherous stairs. Unperturbed, everyone clambered bravely.

	Confronting the impossible passion, agility and fury of Abigaille, Liudmyla Monastryska struck petulant poses while singing stridently one moment, mellifluously the next. Jamie Barton as Fenena made one regret that Nabucco' s daughter has little to sing. Dmitry Belosselskiy exuded priestly dignity as Zaccaria, even when his bass evaporated in descending phrases.

	Now serving officially as music-director +emeritus+, James Levine conducted with his customary concern for suavity underlying propulsion. A master.

	Incidental intelligence: The biggest hit in +Nabucco+ must be the choral prayer +Va, pensiero+.  At the Met it has traditionally enjoyed a rare, built-in encore, and this performance was no exception. The clap-happy audience no doubt would have been pleased with a third time 'round. In any case, the fine Met chorus savoured both moments of glory.


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