Magnificent music presented in HD
Words strain to portray the magnificence of the two operas we recently had the pleasure of seeing: Borodin’s “Prince Igor” at Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, and Massenet’s “Werther” at the Paramount Theatre, Rutland.
The operas brought “live in HD” from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, were simply brilliant, the monumental “Prince Igor” production with the bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov as the vainglorious prince, soprano Oksana Dyka and mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Princess Konchakovna; and “Werther,” with the stunning tenor Jonas Kaufmann as the unrequited-in-love melancholic and the mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch as the equally exciting and intense Charlotte.
These operas are two of this season’s Met Opera “HD Live” series that are simultaneously transmitted from the Met to both of the above theaters.
While the sound system at Town Hall Theater could use improvement, at the Paramount, it was as good as could be expected from digital transmission. But then what could capture in retention the soaring high C of Sophie Koch, except, of course, being at the Met? Unfortunately, sound transmission also occasionally broke on certain octave ralentando. But then, we were in Vermont.
The “Met Live in HD” series continues through April and May, so for an exceptional afternoon of drama, voice and music, please go.
MIMI S. KEVAN
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