Pictured above are Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez who are, in my humble opinion, opera’s best on-stage coupling at the moment. There are some singers that just have such chemistry when they share the stage, not unlike certain film stars. Dessay and Florez are absolute dynamite together.
Yesterday Melanie and I ventured out to the Galaxy to see the Met’s broadcast of ‘La Fille du Regiment,’ an opera that I knew very little about. The only thing I knew about it was it featured the ridiculously difficult ‘Ah mes amis!’ tenor aria with the 9 high Cs; and I only knew about that because I read up on the opera and YouTube-d a couple of performances. And know I’m obsessed with it. Absolutely, completely and utterly obsessed.
I have never heard such vocal prowess – ever. Dessay’s coloratura was spot on, her pianissimos stunning. Her comic timing was astounding; I haven’t seen such a great comic opera singer, well, ever! She took the role on with such exuberance and energy; it was an absolute joy to watch. You knew that she loved every moment on stage and was fully committed. How refreshing.
Florez was Dessay’s complete opposite, which made for a wonderful balance between the two leads. He spun beautiful, long legato lines, his high notes blossomed and his affectation in his ‘love arias’ would make even the most callous woman melt in his presence. Goodness knows I fell head-over-heels in love with Mr. Florez. If that screen and 3000 miles wouldn’t have been separating me from him, I would have run on stage and yelled, “Pick me! Pick me!”
It’s so lovely to go and be entertained for 3 hours with mesmerizing performances that will stay in your memory long after you’ve left the theater. My heart was moved today. The music, the passion, the love story – it moved me the way only opera can.