Yesterday MET broadcasted Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” with Plácido Domingo on podium leading the Metropolitan orchestra and Chorus with singers: Anna Netrebko, Isabel Leonard, Roberto Alagna, Nathan Gunn and Robert Lloyd.
Although Domingo is trying to conduct for over 30 years I think for the last 10 year he does it more and more frequently. I never paid attention too much for Domingo’s conducting and the last MET broadcast I did pay attention to it. The Metropolitan played no better then they uselessly do but also not too much worse then they do in the hands of “famed conductors”. In fact, this time, during some moments MET was very good. So, I think the attention should be given in future to Domingo as a conductor.
The MET performance of “Romeo & Juliette” in general was OK, not great by OK. The Netrebko did her Netrebkonisms that I am not too thrilled, the orchestra was OK, the compression of the broadcast was s usealsy too high... This Metropolitan production was not at the level of the transcending Metropolitan’s “Romeo & Juliette” with Bidu Sayao and Jussi Björling lead by raised in Odessa Emil Cooper. It was more like MET- dally performance. Still Plácido Domingo’s with baton left a pleasant feeling. The Metropolitan orchestra is strong with high performing inertia and it does require some skills do not ruin it…The Cat
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