September 26, 2012
Attending the Metropolitan Opera's Opening Season of L'Elisir d'Amore
On Monday, September 24, 2012, I had the pleasure of attending the Metropolitan Opera Company’s opening night gala of L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. This is one of the greatest comic gems in opera about Adina, a headstrong farm owner and Nemorino, a poor villager who is in love with Adina, but wonders if he is worthy of her affections. Anna Netrebko, who sings the role of Adina and Matthew Polenzani, who sings the role of Nemorino gave exceptional performances, as did the rest of the cast and the audience clearly enjoyed this production.
1 Unfortunately, I arrived at the opera too late to enjoy the red carpet, so I didn't get any photos of that scene this year.
2 I thoroughly enjoyed Gaetano Donizetti's comedic opera, L'Elisir d'Amore. This is final curtain call.
3 Soprano Anna Netrebko, celebrating her second consecutive opening night at the Met, starred as Adina, the farm owner. Matthew Polenzani gave a stellar performance as the lovesick Nemorino.
4 From our dead center orchestra seats, the view and audio were superb!
5 Matthew Polenzani and Anna Netrebko - This enjoyable comedy put smiles on the audiences faces.
6 Down came the curtain.
7 The curtain depicts an Italian hilltop town and surrounding farmland.
8 Above the Orchestra section is the Parterre, Grand Tier, Dress Circle, Balcony, and Family Circle. The opera house has 3,800 seats plus 175 standing room places and it looked like a full house.
9 So sorry I missed the red carpet! I saw many great dresses leaving the Met.
10 The post-performance cast dinner was held under the tent in Damrosch Park. I sat at a table with hockey goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and his lovely wife, Therese Lundqvist.
11 Henrik Lundqvist is goaltender for the New York Rangers and is the 2012 winner of the prestigious Vezina Trophy.
12 Also at my table were Rob and Marisol Thomas.
13 Rob Thomas, of course, is the Grammy award winning singer/songwriter of the band Matchbox Twenty. The band's fourth album, North, made its debut this past September at number one on the Billboard 200.
14 This is Andrew Saffir - founder of the Cinema Society, a marketing tool for the film industry - Andrew is always out-and-about in the New York City social scene.
15 I sat next to Bianca Jagger, who was once married to Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger.
16 Bianca is founder and chairperson of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation and has done a lot of humanitarian work in her native Nicaragua. In addition, she is also serving as a Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador and is involved with Amnesty International USA.
17 I also sat with recording artist, Patti Smith, who has been dubbed the "Godmother of Punk".
18 As in years past, the gala celebration was designed by event planner David Stark.
19 In keeping with the Italian farm theme of the opera, David transformed the enormous tent next to the Metropolitan Opera House into a charming farm-like scene.
20 Across the way, I spotted Austin Scarlett - fashion designer and Lisette Oropesa - soprano.