Last 16 December the Teatro Real premiere, concert version, Romeo and Juliet, from Charles Gounod. A fantastic night of opera thanks, mainly, to the baton of the Master Michel Plasson. Orchestra won a highly refined sound and a delicacy and romance that managed moments charged with emotion, as the end of the second act. His baton was definitely the best of the night.
In the role of Roméo, role that you know perfectly, Roberto Alagna. His presence on stage is still charged with a certain magnetism. Of great theatrical expressiveness (somewhat exaggerated at times), you could say that his voice is in frank decline. His vocal line is very good, but there were too many details that left her in evidence. Rushed in the treble and some out of tune note. He expected much more in his debut.
Sonia Yoncheva shone like Juliette for the intensity and power of her instrument, who must learn to clamp in some moments. A natural and light emission that grew with the work and reached final moments full of emotion.
Highlight, for its brilliance, a Marianne Crebassa, in the role of Stéfhano. And the worst of the night, Laurent Alvaro, como Capulet, with a very unpleasant emission.
The rest of the cast: Diana Montague, Mikeldi Atxalandabaso, Antonio Lozano, Joan Martin-Royo, Damian del Castillo, Toni Marsol, Roberto Tagliavini y Fernando Radó, were high. All of them helped from the pit by Master Plasson, always attentive and taking care of the singers.