Sunday, December 23, 2007

A minor disappointment

Guess you can't win 'em all when it comes to the NY Philharmonic.

We went to hear Handel's "Messiah" last night and left at the first intermission.

To be fair, the orchestra--strings, oboe, harpsichord and organ--was wonderful, as was the choir. Really, truly excellent.

But the four soloists were generally terrible. They strayed off pitch, swallowed the lyrics, and sometimes sounded like they were choking. The soprano had the best voice but over-acted her part. The mezzo soprano was OK but wavered on the lower notes, and often was difficult to hear.

The tenor was standing in for someone who was ill, so we'll give him a slight break. The baritone--if we had to hear him one more time, we thought we might run screaming from the theater.

Sad, isn't it?

We have seen an awful lot of shows and other performances since we moved here, with very few "misses." So it's probably par for the course.

Tonight, Rachel and Mary are going to see "Fuerzabruta," an interactive dance, movement, crazy extravaganza. Maybe it will be better than the NY Phil ...

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