Monday, February 05, 2007

Daniela Barcellona and Juan Diego Florez at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

I'm not sure why Barcellona received top billing, as she's not a megastar, but she did. Both singers were somewhat uneven tonight, but the concert was pure fun. The singers showed much charm during ovations, and I wish they could have brought some more personality to their performances.

Florez seemed nervous at times. I wonder how much of this music might be new to him. His "Il mio tesoro" was especially unsuccessful; he stumbled in one of the early runs, and he carried the long lines only with much effort. In general, Florez was often detached and thinking a great deal about what he was singing. Only in the Pasquale aria did he really command the stage.

Barcellona possesses a powerful dark voice. Sometimes it veers towards hootiness. I wouldn't say it's a beautiful voice. It's big. It seems unusual for bel canto. Still, her coloratura sparkles and her performance of "O mio Fernando" pretty much brought the house down.

Rolando Villazon, in town for Les Contes d'Hoffman at the Paris Opera (which I will see next week), sat in the first row of center corbeille. During intermission he signed quite a few autographs and cameras throughout the auditorium flashed incessantly.

I have photos and videos to share. Stay tuned.

2 comments:

a. said...

did you hear about jessye norman coming to paris at the end of march? i wonder if that's sold out yet...prob is. btw, fyi to a fellow music lover, the opera bastille has free concert thursdays around noon.

of the kosmos said...

Yes, I have a ticket for that, of course! And thanks for the tip about the Bastille concerts . . .