Using Werther as a launchpad, tonight's SNO focused on the demands and interpretations of Massenet's heroes and heroines. The program revolved around the notion of finding the right balance between lyricism and power in various interpretations of these quintessential roles of the French rep.
1. Jonas Kaufmann (tenor); Marco Armiliato (conductor); Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
2. Werther-Rolando Villazon (tenor); Sophie Koch (mezzo); Eri Nakamura (soprano); Auden Iversen (baritone). Antonio Pappano (conductor); Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
A celebration of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, proceeding in a sort of imaginative chronological order: starting with the two suites entitled "The Baby's Family," moving on to the "Children's Carnival" and a series of Brazilian children's folk songs transcribed for solo piano entitled "Practical Guide: A Folkloric Study," and finally ending with the very adult and stomping music of the "Savage Poem."