The Slipped Disc grapevine has been buzzing with accounts of the Met’s patchwork Tosca last night.
Željko Lučić proved an inadequate replacement for Bryn Terfel as Baron Scarpia, his voice neither strong nor silky enough to impress a first night audience.
Vittorio Grigolo, subbing for Jonas Kaufmann, did nothing wrong.
David McVicar’s production was safe as houses, Emmanuel Vuillaume’s conducting was on the slow side.
The major breakthrough was Sonya Yoncheva in her role debut as Tosca.
These are scattered impressions from audience members, not a formal review.
Just to keep you posted.
Possibly the biggest buzz was seeing Bill and Hillary Clinton in the orchestra seats.
Expect no Trumps.