Whether or not (as rumour has it) this will be Renee Fleming’s final appearances at the venue, her Marschallin looks and sounds nearly as good as when she last sang the role here sixteen years ago.
Alice Coote sounds a lot less comfortable as Octavian, her tone too often raw.
The two have managed a long-distance relationship since Fleming lives in New York — she just wrapped up several performances of Rossini’s “Armida” at the Metropolitan Opera — and Jessell lives in Washington, DC.
Jessell popped the question after two years of dating.
La soprano américaine Renée Fleming a fait ses adieux à l'un de ses plus grands rôles samedi soir, en apparaissant pour la dernière fois au Met de New York dans le "Rosenkavalier" de Richard Strauss devant un public enthousiaste.
It's going to be two big Sundays in a row for Queen Latifah. 26) at the Grammy Awards, it was announced that the rapper/singer/actress will also be taking on the Super Bowl. While Carsen lays a dogged stress on the period’s growing militarism, his insistence on labelling Faninal an arms dealer with a house full of cannon tendentiously pushes the text too far – it merely tells us that he supplies the army with something, which for all we know might be pyjamas.Elsewhere the sheer vastness of the set dwarfs the characters, who look like dolls in a doll’s house in Act 1, and in the wildly overpopulated upmarket brothel of Act 3, which replaces librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s private room at an inn.Sophie Bevan, meanwhile, proves a matchless Sophie.As Baron Ochs, Matthew Rose offers a scrupulously sung, amply voiced interpretation yet seems reluctant to portray the dark side of the opera’s brutish comic villain.