The first opera will be Xerxes (Serse) at the San Francisco Opera in November. I'm especially excited for this one for several reasons: 1) I'm visiting another American Opera house; 2) I will get to hear my favorite mezzo-soprano Susan Graham sing "Ombra mai fù" live again and in context; and, 3) best of all, my mother and sister will be with me. Countertenor David Daniels co-stars.
The second opera will be at the Metropolitan Opera - Renée Fleming in Rodelinda. I think this will be my fourth time seeing this opera. The first time was in 2004 at the Met and it was the first time I saw Renée in an opera. I was over the moon with excitement in seeing her at the Met for the first time. My friend Paul and subscription partner at the time, called is "Bordelinda" and stormed out, but for me it was a thrilling experience. It was basically the whole reason I wanted to buy a subscription (not knowing then what I know now). It is easily one of the Met's most beautiful productions, both in set and costumes. Fortunately, Stephanie Blithe will be joining Renée once again - she all but steals the show! I absoluately LOVE Renée's "Mio Caro Bene", which is nothing short of joyous.
The third will be The Enchanted Island in January, again at the Met. It's an opportunity to hear David Daniels again, this time with the effervescent mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. While it's not strictly Handel, since it includes music of other 18th century composers, it looks divine and my excitement builds knowing that it brings together the the lovers from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream who are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island of The Tempest (my most beloved Shakespeare). The costumes look absolutely delicous.
|David Daniels & Joyce DiDonato |
Photo: Nick Heavican/Met Opera