......During the premiere night Joyce broke her fibia. But she first finished the opera and then went to the hospital. It was bad. The doctor told her not to step on that foot. Everyday I checked the ROH website to see if they announce the replacement. Joyce wrote everyday on her blog. She was positive. She’s strong and everybody supported her from the beginning. I was almost sure that she won’t give up. And she hasn’t. She sung from a wheelchair. Perfect voice and perfect acting. She makes you forget that she’s not standing with the rest of the cast.
......I won’t talk about the voice/singing. There’s no point. I only have great words to say. I was impressed. Go see it. Or buy the DVD when it’s out. This production is too good not to be released soon. “Cessa” was the highlight of the evening. Everybody was waiting for that particular aria. I still don’t know where all that air was coming from. One million notes, each at its place. Perfect. They were all perfect. The singers, the orchetra, the choir. And the audience rewarded them. Applauses. Many applauses. Which is not usual at all for ROH. They don’t have the habbit to express their fellings towards the artists. It’s a matter of 2-3 minutes at the end of the opera. Then the curtain drops and that’s all. That evening it was different. They stayed on stage longer. Fully deserved glory.
......Hope I made myself very clear. Go see it! Oh, and one more interesting thing. I don't know how it usually is but this evening Antonio Papano played the clavecin.
......We went backstage again. Florez didn’t want to stop for autographs and pictures. He only said "Hello. Thank you! Good evening!" He had his wife with him (she’s very beautiful. Tall and blonde). But Joyce came immediately after him. There was a line there. There were more people than the previous night. She was so sweet. She might have been in pain, or tired, but she still talked to each of the people there. As Juan Diego is THE Count Almaviva, Joyce is THE Rosina.
Covent Garden Market, seen from the terras of ROH
ROH. Picture taken from Amphhiteatre, G57.
Juan Diego Florez
Joyce di Donato
And Maestro Papano
Inside the new wing of ROH
And the amazing Joyce. Get well soon!
Still more to come. One more night at ROH.