For this season, I decided to see only three operas at the Met. Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte is the second opera for me this year. Cosi fan tutte is opera buffa which means, in short, that nobody dies! That was one of my criteria for building a short series of three operas this year. As I’ve said before, I’m not exactly an opera aficionado, but I did find the duet and ensemble singing in this opera to be some of the finest I’ve heard. The production starred Guanqun Yu and Isabel Leonard as the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, and Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina. James Levine returned to the Met as music director.
South African jazz musician and trumpeter, Hugh Masekela, was at Jazz at Lincoln Center for a 75th birthday celebration. The season I subscribe to is called Visionary Voices, an appropriate title when presenting musicians such as Masekela who has had both cultural and musical impact on South Africa and, for much of his life, the United States. The musicians in his band – very talented, particularly the young guitar player.