OC returned a few hours ago from la prima of Janáček's Jenůfa at Teatro alla Scala, and has quite a few stories to tell (which will have to wait until tomorrow when a rosy-cheeked and bright-eyed OC has gotten a few hours of beauty sleep under her tired little head).
Amid endless curtain calls, wild cheering for conductor Lothar Koenigs, Miro Dvorsky's Laca, and of course, omg omg Anja Silja's wrenching Kostelnčka, it was immense. Scenery stripped bare, collapsing space, dynamic light, like a visualized Rothko -- this production put the holla back in La Scala.
It was Anja's show. ok anja you won at the opera.
I could totally see her backstage before the performance ripping water fountains off the wall and being like WHO WANTS A PIECE and then running amok knocking over vending machines. The woman is unstoppable.