I got a last minute cheap ticked for this hot concert. The trio Kaufmann+Damrau+Deutsch are touring the complete Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch though Europe. Touring it over 7 cities allow such superstars with tight agendas work a lot on the programme. And that is the nicest thing that happened here: not only they are good singers that sang well, they did prepare extensively the work. They created something. They re-ordered the songs creating a narrative through them and worked a lot on the acting side.
Wow. This was the operatic event of the year. Full star cast, superb conductor, new production from the typical enfant terrible and a lot of money. Plus, of course, the rare opportunity to see and listen to the original French version of the opera. With such high expectations it was rather difficult to match them, but we were fortunate and we had a magical opera night. 20 minutes of applause with 3 rounds of individual salutations say it all.