Tonight I got to return to the Metropolitan Opera for the second time in a week. Tonight’s performance was Verdi’s La Traviata.
Nothing much needs to be said other than that Anja Harteros was amazing. Her role anchored the opera, and the major problem was that her brilliant singing nearly always outshone the leading tenor, whose name I cannot remember and will not bother to look up.
Zeljko Lucic played a believable father who sang with decorum and impeccable interpretation, his rich voice finely balancing Harteros’ in their Act II duets. And the final treat was the Baron, sung by John Hancock, whose chocolate baritone voice soared even during group recitatives. This one performance was enough to inspire me to follow these three’s careers.
The exuberant party scene in Act II, complete with stremers, confetti, costumes, Gypsies, and a matador with five bulls.