Opera in the snow

Last night even though it was late, I felt starved of opera, so I watched the mad scene from Lucia di Lammermoor with Joan Sutherland, filmed at the MET in 1982. The sound quality and the filming were way off current standards, and La Stupenda is a stage animal not a close-up film one. For the audience though, it was clearly the performance of a lifetime. Her voice was like watching gymnasts performing, there seemed to be no moves beyond her range. I did find the jewel-encrusted Scottish courtiers distractingly absurd. I must watch the whole to become properly absorbed.

I went on to watch the whole scene again in a more modern production, aware all the time that I I should have been doing other things, like getting to bed at a sensible time.

By the time I finished the predicted snow had started.

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