Saturday, October 18, 2014


Went up to the big city today to see Le Nozze di Figaro at the Met. They set the story in a 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s, and managed to make it work somehow- probably by pretty much ignoring it except for the costumes. The set revolved so that the action flowed - the scene where the Count is chasing Cherubino, for instance, twisted back around and through the moving set, and the overture showed us all the principle locations. Figaro was sung by Ildar Abdrazakov, who was perfect. Others included Marlis Petersen as Susanna, Peter Mattei as the Count, Amanda Majeski as the Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the pageboy Cherubino. It's a wonderful production of one of my favorite operas, and the second act was laugh-out-loud funny.

Below is a shot of the sunrise from the train in Delaware (over the Delaware River or possibly Bay depending on where they change the name), and a shot of the set at intermission, and that's me in front of the poster.

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