How was Pretty Yende in Puritani?
February 16, 2017 by norman lebrecht
Since the NY Times did not bother to review the Met’s late replacement for Elvira, here’s Zeal NYC’s report:
Camarena’s Arturo was every bit as good as expected, but Yende’s Elvira was spectacular in every way. She had only sung the role once before, in a non-traditional production last year in Zurich. It was a triumph for her, and Tuesday night’s performance, in a staging that could not possibly have been more different, has to count as another.
As singing, it was not perfect—Yende has something of a beat in her voice that takes a little getting used to, and she sometimes merged with the orchestra when she should have been floating above it—but as musical expression, it was peerless, and as a progressive revelation of character, it was meticulously thought-out and deeply convincing. Her acting was psychologically acute…
Read the full review here.
photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
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