Don’t you just love the Macabre?
Here, courtesy of the Philharmonic, was the New York premiere of a piece that by rights the Metropolitan Opera should have produced long ago. (The only previous American staged production was at the San Francisco Opera in 2004.) Tackling “Le Grand Macabre” is one way that Mr. Gilbert is taking the Philharmonic into the 21st century. The risk was that audiences might not follow him.
But Thursday night’s presentation was an exhilarating success, offering an eager and excellent cast, a brilliant and assured performance of Ligeti’s daunting score and a disarming production, designed and directed by Doug Fitch, that makes ingenious use of playful video images. The audience, with noticeable contingents of young people, laughed right through and seemed enthralled. Read the GRAND details by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/29/arts/music/29macabre.html?src=mv