I'll be the first to say that I hate threads (on other forums) where people ask others to choose things for them, being incapable of deciding between pop-tarts or yogurt for breakfast (pop-tarts all the way!), but I am well and truly stumped. My budget supports one trip to the Met per year, and I'm torn between these three productions:
Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Damrau, Lee (?), Pogossov, Del Carlo, Furlanetto
- Big fan of Damrau
- Love this opera and never seen it in person
- Peter Mattei is in the other cast ... aside from Del Carlo, not really thrilled with the rest of the cast
Renzetti; Damrau, Flórez, Kwiecien, Corbelli
- Again, I'm a big Damrau fan
- Absolute all-star cast, vocally it should be one of the highlights of the season
- Not in my top 20 of operas. It's enjoyable but far from a favorite
Luisi; Dessay, Polenzani, Hvorostovsky
- Don't know if I've mentioned this, but I rather like Natalie Dessay. This would give me the opportunity to get my picture taken with her after a missed opportunity this year.
- Great cast
- Ms. Dessay is rapidly approaching an age where retirement is likely; who knows if/when I'll get to see her again
- While I like La Traviata more than Elisir, I still prefer Barbiere more than either
- While I really love Natalie as a performer, her voice is not a good fit for this role imo, nor more generally speaking for the Met. Ms. Damrau has a much bigger and more lush voice that purely from a vocal standpoint would be my preference.
So I'm really torn. How can I pick against Natalie? And yet...
Anyone have any input? If anyone here is attending one of these and would want to meet up before / after the opera that might tip my decision one way or the other.