Il Trovatore never ceases to amaze Opera Chic -- its complex, Medieval grace is so very hard to capture on stage and especially in the orchestra pit: the opera contains some of Verdi's best music -- Il Balen del suo Sorriso is very possibly the most beautiful love song in opera, even surpassing the shattering raw emotion of Traviata -- and some of his ugliest. Whatever it is that Verdi-haters hate about Verdi, the Trovatore has in spades -- the sheer improbability of much of the action, the hyperreality of that disorienting setting. And for a conductor you have the constant challenges from that sneaky brass, that elusive pulse (accelerate at your own risk -- Trovatore's score is like a vintage Ferrari, you'll end up in a ditch if you drive too fast and will mercilessly stall if you don't rev that monster engine up), those terribly tricky shifts of musical and emotional gear.
It fills Opera Chic's heart with happiness that BBC Philharmonic and Teatro Regio di Torino Principal Conductor, il maestro Gianandrea Noseda, a man of great talent and deep musical intelligence, has beautifully pulled off Trovatore at the Met -- he has tamed Verdi's monster of a score in one of the world's leading houses.
Sweet SarahB, the woman who sees everything, as always was there.