Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice

May 5, 2007
Today is a great opportunity to hear the new Latvian singer Maija Kovalevska who has been getting rave reviews all over the world lately. I missed hearing her Met debut in Bohème earlier this year, but I don’t want to miss this. It will be interesting to hear Daniels, although he did not sound so the great in the latest Giulio Cesare performances. Heidi Grant Murphy is always good. Of course, we will not be able to see the dance scenes choreographed by Mark Morris. Here is a review of the premiere from the New York Sun. Enjoy the show.

From the New York Sun:

Mr. Daniels did a creditable job on opening night, he was ultimately a disappointment, often sounding strained and tired, and never successfully fashioning a smooth lyrical line. In Che farò senza Euridice, phrases were clipped and entrances tentative. His pitch control was admirable, but for a role with such deep currents of emotion, he was maddeningly phlegmatic.

One might have surmised that this coldness was in sympathy with James Levine’s strict Classical conception of the work.

Maija Kovalevska dazzled as Euridice, and it was gratifying to hear a lower tessitura, even though we had to wait until Act III. She has a very powerful instrument with superb resonance and completely overmatched Mr. Daniels in their duets. Young, tall, and attractive, she seems destined for stardom.

Heidi Grant Murphy quite literally stole the show as Amor. Her outfit was right on target; dressed by Isaac Mizrahi in a pink polo shirt, khaki high-water pants, bobby socks, and tennis shoes, she spectacularly appeared in the rafters and flew through her first scene on wires. Her voice was brilliantly campanilian, and her physicality was charming; she pushed around Allen Moyer’s huge sets to hilarious effect. She was the gamin with whom everyone fell instantly in love.


~ by severalfourmany on May 5, 2007.

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