Tucked, plucked & manicured Roberto Alagna started 2013 in an Empire State of Mind.
Between fallout from Angela announcing the on-off couple's official divorce and an awesome NYC sightseeing '80s film montage that thought bubbles from our head (like the one from Karate Kid set to Joe Esposito's "You're the Best" where Daniel-san & Mr. Miyagi fight the Cobra Kai dojo -- only our version has Alagna eating pushcart hotdogs Lady-and-the-Tramp style and peacocking on models at The Jane with vodka cocktails in both hands) he sang in Giordano's Andrea Chénier with the Opera Orchestra of New York.
Led by OONY's MD Alberto Veronesi on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Center, Alagna gave a "distracted performance" (Zach Woolfe's NYTimes review here) crowned with flubbed lines and cracked notes. Via Lebrecht, here's a detailed recap.
Alagna's response? He twerks, says YOLO and swaggers off into the golden sunset. (We're trying, honestly, but we haven't yet bought our 2013 season pass to H8r Mountain).