Bravi to tonight's Il Trovatore! It was classic, thrilling, exhilerating, soaring grand opera. The set was cool and efficient. The direction was smooth and brisk. Every one of the singers was tremendous! The performances were stellar all around. I don't think a more perfect cast could be assembled. Sondra Radvanovsky, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Marcelo Alvarez, Dolora Zajick and Kwangchui Youn were all brilliant in every aspect of performance. Maria Zifchak and Eduardo Valdes left nothing to be desired in their small roles. I haven't felt this excited after the opera all season. Honestly, this feels like the blockbuster of the Met's 08/09 season.