Brooklyn Botanic Garden©2013 Am Ang Zhang
It was 10 years ago when we went to this unusual Strauss.
That was certainly the take-away from Thursday’s performance. The Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski drew a plush and surging account of Strauss’s miraculous score from the great Met orchestra. The cast was headed by the magisterial German soprano Anne Schwanewilms in her company debut as the Empress, the woman without a shadow. And this was a breakthrough night at the Met for the American soprano Christine Goerke, who received an ecstatic ovation for her powerfully sung and wrenching portrayal of the hard-bitten Dyer’s Wife. Ms. Goerke has evolved in recent years into a dramatic soprano of exciting potential.
Must try and get tickets!