In my final two days in Salzburg (and, in fact, my final two days before flying to the USA), I saw a concert by Placido Domingo and an extraordinary, unusual Norma. What a great finish to my year of opera-going!
There was quite a Twitter gathering at the Bayerische Staatsoper on Saturday night. We were all a bit disappointed by the Norma we saw. The production was pretty, but the singers and musicians weren’t all well-suited to their roles. I’ve heard Radvanovsky (our Norma) before, and I love her sound. (Not everyone does.) But I heard her in Verdi in a huge house (the Met), and she didn’t do as well singing bel canto in a smaller house. You can read my full review here.