Thirty years ago I saw Donizetti’s Don Pasquale for the first time.Â I remember only one thing about that performance: I disliked it.Â I use the word intentionally.Â 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.Â In the early 1980’s I sat in front of my small-screen TV set and watched many operas.Â I enjoyed almost all of them, despite the fact that they were technically far inferior to today’s HD theater performances.Â This was the only one I disliked.Â Why? Continue reading
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