Saturday, February 25, 2012

At the Met Opera - on screen

I love that the Met Opera has come to all of us on the cinema theatre all over the world.
Today was Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani. This is Verdi's adaptation of Victor Hugo's play about 3 men in love with the same woman - Elvira. it is about love but more important it is about honor in 1571 Spain. Tenor Marcello Giordani plays the role of Ernani the outlaw that vies for the love of Elvira -Angelea Mead, the Met's youngest staring sopranpo. The cast is rounded out by Dimitri Hvorostovsky who play Carlos the King of Spain and Ferruccino Furlanetto play the elderly Don Silva who also desires Elvira. During the intermission, which is one of the best parts of watching the Met on a movie screen, Dimitri and Marcello were asked if they thought that Honor still existed in the work today. Interesting that the Russian Dimitri replied "Yes" where the Italian Giordani replied "No". The chorus and the set was fabulous. On screen HD at the Met can't be beat.

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