Conducting at the Met without rehearsalOpera
Message from James Gaffigan:
I’m so happy to be back in NYC! This time to conduct La Bohème at the @MetOpera.
No orchestra rehearsal this time!!! If there is any orchestra I trust to do this with, it’s the @MetOrchestra! Let’s also not forget about the brilliant @MetOperaChorus and stage hands … pic.twitter.com/iXiifpTuCa
— James Gaffigan (@jamesgaffigan) May 22, 2023
Message from John Fiore:
Just conducted Salome in Stockholm, the first time I have done it in 10 years, and with no orchestra rehearsal (Alan Gilbert asked me to do these shows, and I said yes, of course). But, the magnificent Kungliga Hovkapellet came right along just as if we had been doing it already many times. Great orchestra! And what a great Salome Elisabet Strid is, powerful and sensuous, Lukasz Golinski a warm and wonderful Jokanaan, Jesper Taube an amazing Herod, and amazingly accurate in one of opera’s most musically challenging roles, and dear Katarina Karnéus, just a fabulous Herodias. To do this piece again means so much to me; it’s been a part of my life since 1969. I’m a happy man tonight.
It looks like this lack of preparation is becoming standard practice.