Reviews of ‘La Donna del Lago’ at the Met and ‘Enemies, A Love Story’ at Palm Beach Opera

February 24, 2015 1:59 AM

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Reviews of ‘La Donna del Lago’ at the Met and ‘Enemies, A Love Story’ at Palm Beach Opera

There was plenty of star power in the house for the Metropolitan Opera’s first-ever production of Rossini’s “La Donna del Lago” (1819), which is pretty much the only reason to do this convoluted piece. The Met hedged its bets by sharing the production, directed by Paul Curran and designed by Kevin Knight, with the Santa Fe Opera, where it had its premiere in 2013. However, its raison d’être, the ebullient Joyce DiDonato as the heroine, Elena, had a different trio of suitors in New York.

Based on Sir Walter Scott’s poem “The Lady of the Lake,” the opera is set in the 16th century, when the Highland Clans have risen up against King James V of Scotland (Giacomo). The admirers of Elena, daughter of the rebellious Duglas (bass Oren Gradus), are Rodrigo (tenor John Osborn), the Highlande...

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