[some serious Sestappeal: Alice Coote as Sesto in Handel’s “Giulio Cesare”, New York/MET 2013. – Photo Credit: Marty Sohl/Met Opera]
“Io son nata a lagrimar” applies in this instance only to lament the obvious lack in this originally Glynedebourne-produced McVicar Cesare: there is no Sarah Connolly (with apologies to David Daniels, but ot my eyes and ears, Connolly outswaggers him). Thankfully, there is a DVD to remedy that.
But now for the bounty: the current MET run (continuing on tomorrow and running through May 9th in case you are in the area and in the needs of some mezzo voce) features the one and only Alice Coote as Sesto, which puts any debates about who the evening’s 40 Guns Award recipent will be to rest (of course, if this were Malena Ernman, we’d have to amplyify it to the 42 Guns Award).
Or does it?
[Natalie Dessay’s Cleopatra and the ambiguity of cuffs: there are two ways this could go. We approve of both. “Giulio Cesare”, New York/MET 2013. – Photo Credit: Marty Sohl/Met Opera]
I’d say Coote still wins, even in knee socks. But most of all, we win at large, because what is better than a mezzo in a suit? A mezzo in a suit and a soprano in a suit on top. In a purely figurative manner (You can’t have it all, this isn’t “Alcina”).
This “Cesare” will be on for the HD MET broadcast, if you have about €30 spare (for this Sesto? – That is a rhetorical question, right?!), on April 27th.