03 December 2004

The King and I

King Bertarido matches Queen Rodelinda's aura

Renee Fleming was obviously divine--no surprise there. (Who's more bankable these days??) In fact, the evening turned out as well as promised on paper. But special mention must go to David Daniels before I collapse in exhaustion. Fantastic, explosive cast; the production/set designers Stephen Wadsworth and Thomas Lynch, along with the costume and lighting designers, were vigorously applauded (unanimous and definite) during curtain calls for their elegant/balanced creation.

Marilyn Horne was in the audience. Daniels' Vivi, tiranno must have brought her close to tears for many reasons.

The bed calls; it calls for me.

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