From trouser role to trouser role: after DiDonato’s Isolier I can’t really imagine her debut as the Composer in Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” at the MET today will be anything other than good. Or, quite possibly, better than good. She has been cultivating a bit of a dramatic edge and she has the diction (proven in song multiple times), so I’m curious to see what she’ll make of it.
There are no photos floating around the interwebs as of yet, so I’m falling back on another of those
Diva/Divo stills – I hope we can rectify that for White Shirt Monday.
Once more, BBC3 proves to be our favorite radio station for broadcasting yet another MET matinee (and I’m already psyched about next week’s “Walküre” – Westbroek as Sieglinde!!).
Next to DiDonato, Violeta Urmana (Ariadne) and Kathleen Kim (Zerbinetta) star as the two opposing models of relationship philosophy. Robert Dean Smith sings Bacchus, Fabio Luisi conducts. As the second female trio, we can count on Audrey Luna (Najade), Tamara Mumford (Dryade) and Lei Xu (Echo).