Sunday, May 13, 2007

End of the Season Awards!

The end of the Metropolitan Opera season is not official until the fat lady sings... I mean, until we give out the awards. =) We give the awards to the good and the bad, the monstrosities and the muses, any one who did something special this season.

Worst acting:
Winner: Richard Margison

Worst singing:
Winner: Andrea Gruber in both Tosca and Turandot
Runner Up: women of the Met Chorus in some of the broadcasts
Third Place: Richard Margison

Best acting:
Winner: Renee Fleming in Eugene Onegin
Runner Up: Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Eugene Onegin
Third Place: Anna Netrebko in I Puritani

Opera with the best singing:
Winner: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Runner Up: Eugene Onegin
Thrid Place: Die Zauberflote

Best singing by a male artist:
Winners: Rene Pape (sarastro) and Juan Diego Florez (almaviva)
Runners up: Dmitri Hvorostovsky (onegin) and David Daniels (cesare)

Most touching performance by a female artist:
Winner: Barbara Frittoli in Sour Angelica
Runner Up: Elene Evseeva in Boheme
Third Place: Liping Zhang as Liu in Turandot

Most touching performance by a male artist:
Winner: Ramon Vargas as Lenski in Onegin
Runner up: Marcello Giordani in Boheme
Third Place: Florez in Barbiere

Best Saturday Matinee Broadcast:
Winner: Eugene Onegin
Runner Up: I Puritani
Thrid Place: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Fourth Place: Die Agyptische Helena

Worst Saturday Matinee Broadcast
Winners: Turandot (with Margison and Gruber) and La Boheme (everyone must have been sick)

Broadcast I would most like to hear again:
Winner: Jenufa with Karita Mattila
Runner up: Don Carlo
Third Place: Il Trittico

Best new production
Winner: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (singing and staging you could die for)
Runners Up: Madama Butterfly and Il Trittico

Opera I'm most sorry I missed:
Winner: La Traviata
Runners Up: Andrea Chenier, CR/Pagliacci

Operas I'm glad I went to:
Winner: Die Zauberflote
Runners up: Turandot (Sunnegardh) and Tosca (they're taking down that production soon!)

Highlights of the Year:
Rene Pape's Sarastro
James Morris's Scarpia
Juan Diego in Barbiere
Joyce DiDonato in Barbiere
Hvorostovsky and Fleming in Onegin
Anna Netrebko in Puritani
Domingo in First Emperor (even if the opera did pretty much stink)
La Gioconda (who knows when well see that again!)

Overall this season was fantastic. I'm going to miss this season so much! This was my first season at the Met Opera and I'm really happy it was. Bravi Tutti!

1 comment:

Nathaniel said...

Well, this list shows me just how much I've missed at the Met this year. Really shameful!

But I must say I can't quite agree with the Best Acting nominations, for either of the women. Normally I enjoy Ms. Netrebko's performances, but in I Puritani she was in an altogether different production from the one presented (I sympathize, I really do!)

With Ms. Fleming I can always see the wheels spinning; I know she's out there "acting", but there's nothing organic, innovative or particularly hers I ever get to see. As opposed to Ms. Callas...

Hvorostovsky was good as Onegin, but not great. It's totally his kind of role. Maybe the production/director didn't suit him. I'd have thought he was better had I not seen Thomas Allen in the role years ago.