Thirty years ago I saw Donizetti’s Don Pasquale for the first time. I remember only one thing about that performance: I disliked it. I use the word intentionally. I didn’t just fail to enjoy it, I actively disliked it. I’ve done a little sleuthing in my own records and on the Met Archives web page and deduced that the performance I saw was a PBS rebroadcast of a Met Live TV broadcast. In the early 1980’s I sat in front of my small-screen TV set and watched many operas. I enjoyed almost all of them, despite the fact that they were technically far inferior to today’s HD theater performances. This was the only one I disliked. Why? Continue reading
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