Damrau’s voice, large, suave, cool, lovely, after a few woodenphrases in the lower ranges in her opening scene, filled the house with notrouble at all, and turned into glittering silver cascades at Lucia’sdreamy moments. It was the prettiest Lucia at the Met since the heyday ofRuth Ann Swenson, and first-rate bravura acting as well.
A fabulous performance that may make him into the star he truly deserves to be.
The minor roles of Alisa, Lucia’s companion; Normanno, the captain of the guard and Arturo, Lucia’s doomed bridegroom were effectively sung by Michaela Martens, Michael Myers and Colin Lee respectively, suitably supporting the leads.
Marco Armiliato brilliantly led the orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House into a sparkling, incisive and luminous performance; vividly dramatic, expressively showcasing Donizetti’s great music.
Natalie Dessay Returns To The Met In Lucia di Lammermoor …
Dessay's 2007 Met role debut as Lucia in Mary Zimmerman's production of the opera earned the soprano excellent reviews that praised her dramatic commitment as well as her vocal performance in the demanding role.