An evening at the Opera

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About the MET, from the backstage
Saturday, 21 April 2012 , 19.00

28 March - 2 April was the moment of the 2012 - MET experience for An Evening at the Opera, which was held for the second time in New York.

The occasion? The live broadcast of the opera L'elisir d'amore by Gaetano Donizetti: the last of the series signed by producer John Copley and the performance in the superlative of the star-tenor Juan Diego Flórez (Nemorino), of the wonderful German soprano Diana Damrau (Adina) and the excellent comic-bass Alessandro Corbelli (Dulcamara); a broadcast made on 31 March.

My role? The same as last year: that to give the audience back home a complete image on the show performed, to give as many details as I can about the MET and the artists that I have met, of assuring everyone's comfort in front of the microphone, so that the MET could express itself... However, what is the best way to capture all the subtle details and the most interesting opinions? Only backstage. Therefore, this year I was for almost the entire time in the backstage of the MET: where I met... the titan Bryan Terfel - while rehearsing Wotan; where I could congratulate Flórez immediately after the encore of Una furtiva lagrima; where I exchanged some impressions about Carmen Hanganu with Diana Damrau, and where I met soprano Deborah Voight rehearsing Walkiria...

The retrospective of what happened? On Saturday, 21 April: with music from L'elisir d'amore, Macbeth and... La Traviata - the last show recorded entirely.

Luminița Arvunescu
Translated by Anca Pavel
MTTLC, Bucharest University