Just Announced: The New York Philharmonic’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, featuring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel, is being taped to air on Live From Lincoln Center (broadcast date on PBS to be announced later). More information here: bit.ly/MNkgSD
Contrary to a widespread belief, Meyerbeer is not a bad composer at all, he is just a fabulously difficult one. The present aria calls for a heroic tenor with immaculate bel canto training—a rara avis indeed, especially nowadays since we have (quite wrongly) come to see this as a contradiction in terms. We are fortunate to have old recordings that prove us wrong.