Sunday, May 18, 2008

End of the Season Awards!!!!!!

Since yesterday marked the end of the Met's 2007-2008 season, I've decided to give out the awards today! I've had to mentally prepare myself for the end of the season. My summers are so bland without any live performances or Sirius Live Broadcasts!
The Bad, The Good, The Sad, The Funny and anything special that happened. Mostly based on what I heard/saw, but I'll put a few others in, too.
We'll start with The Bad:

Worst Acting:
Johan Botha in Otello (*puts head on wall to symbolize extreme sorrow*)

Worst Singing:
(Since this season was so spectacular I will do something I don't usually do and that is take what I heard from other people. I'm sorry for it.)
John MacMaster in Tristan und Isolde (first man to be booed in how many years?)

Worst HD Broadcast:
(for its bad split screen thing, otherwise it was lovely!)
Tristan und Isolde

Most Cursed Production:
Tristan und Isolde

On to The Good:

Best New Production (production only):
La Fille du Regiment

Best Revival:
Madame Butterfly
Manon Lescaut
Le Nozze di Figaro

Best singing by a male artist:
Juan Diego Florez in La Fille du Regiment
Salvatore Licitra and Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Un Ballo in Maschera
Ramon Vargas in La Boheme
(look I can't just say "everyone.")

Best singing by a female artist (biased):
Renee Fleming in Otello
Anna Netrebko in Romeo et Juliette and Angela Gheorhiu in La Boheme (shocked, aren't you?)
Olga Borodina in Carmen
Natalie Dessay in everything she sang

The Sad:

Most touching performance by a male artist:
Ramon Vargas in La Boheme
Marcello Giordani in Lucia di Lammermoor

Most touching performance by a female artist:
Angela Gheorghiu in La Boheme
Renee Fleming in Otello
Patricia Racette in Madame Butterfly

The Funny:

Funniest moment in an opera:
When the jewelry box fell off the stage during Nozze and hit the celloist on the head
The music lesson, the tank, and pretty much the entire Fille production

The most acrobatic performance:
Marcello Giordani almost falling off the bed during Romeo et Juliette
Anna Netrebko in Romeo and Natalie Dessay in Fille and Lucia
Karita Mattila doing a split in Manon Lescaut

The unexpected:
Marcello Giordani covering for Joseph Kaiser (last minute!) in Romeo (the night I was there!!)
Seeing Peter Gelb in the lobby before Carmen

Other Special Things:

Productions I'm sorry I missed:
Abduction from the Seraglio
La Traviata
Manon Lescaut

Productions I'm so happy I didn't miss:
La Fille du Regiment
Romeo et Juliette
Madama Butterfly
Lucia di Lammermoor

Highlights of the season:
La Fille du Regiment
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Salvatore Licitra, and Stephanie Blythe in Ballo
Renee Fleming in Otello
Anna Netrebko in Romeo et Juliette
La Boheme in HD
Diana Damrau. Period.

Oh, the list goes on and on. It's hard enough restricting myself to this many awards. I should have just said "Best Everything: The Met." Really sums it up quite nicely.
I'm sorry I wasted your time with my nonsense, but it feels good to get it off my chest. I good summary of the season, I think. It's too bad I didn't see everything. (I plan to next season. Saving up for Standing Room!!)

This is a hard season to say goodbye to (aren't they all?) because so many wonderful things happened. "There's always next season," I know, but I get so attached! SEE YOU NEXT SEASON!!!

Happy Listening!!! =)
PS. That doesn't mean I won't be posting during the summer!

1 comment:

Anna said...

Great blog. My condolences for not having live performances to listen to. Fortunately, there are some stunning recordings available. Also, XM radio Vox channel plays at least 4-5 operas a week; it's even better than Sirius. Happy listening.