Four extraordinary singers star in Verdi’s Ernani.
American soprano Angela Meade, whose victory in the Met’s National Council Auditions was chronicled in the 2008 documentary film The Audition, takes the role of the noblewoman Elvira in her first Live in HD appearance.
Marcello Giordani, star of the Live in HD transmissions of Manon Lescaut, La Damnation de Faust, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Simon Boccanegra, and La Fanciulla del West, sings the title role of the noble bandit who loves Elvira.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky adds a new role to his distinguished repertory as Don Carlo, a royal suitor for Elvira’s hand, and Ferruccio Furlanetto is da Silva, a wealthy relative with his own designs on Elvira.
Marco Armiliato, who led the Met premiere performances of Anna Bolena earlier this season, conducts Verdi’s thrilling drama of passion, power, and honor, seen in Pier Luigi Samaritani’s lavish production.
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato hosts the transmission.
“Ms. Meade’s Elvira showed what this uncommonly gifted rising artist is capable of…her voice is plush and penetrating, though the power comes effortlessly from the body and richness of her sound. Her top notes soared over the orchestra. Yet just as impressive were her finespun pianissimo phrases. Mr. Furlanetto’s strong, dark, textured voice filled Verdi’s lines with burnished sound and arching lyricism. Hvorostovsky shaped floating phrases with mellifluous, honeyed sound.”
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
“There is an argument for Verdi the way it used to be, especially when a rare soprano like Angela Meade commands the night… For pure singing, she is one vocal thrill after another. Her forte notes are true to the top of the register, her piano notes glisten and her improved lower tones growl with ferocity. Her cavatina “Ernani, Ernani, involami (Ernani, Ernani, save me)” was among the moments of the Met season.”
Ronald Blum, Associated Press
The Met: Live in HD
Running time: Approximately 210 minutes, including two intermissions
Host: Joyce DiDonato
Lee Abrahamian/Metropolitan Opera
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