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.