The Lyric's Ryan Center was on show this afternoon and impressive it was too. They did what they call a workshop performance of Le nozze di Figaro. A workshop title might be thought of as an apology for something. But in this case the superb musical preparation of the cast, Eric Weimer's musical direction, and the sheer distinction and quality of the singing called for no apologies whosoever. It is probably invidious to mention names, but amongst an overall fine young cast the pleasure given by Andriana Chuchman's Susanna and Corey Crider's Count has to be especially noted. All these young singers were singing this long and difficult opera for the first time. All the more remarkable then to see and hear the maturity of their performances, testament indeed to the outstanding leadership of Gianna Rolandi, the quality of the music and production staff, and the support given to the program by the Lyric management. They have seen its achievements and give it priority.
And for me this was a signal reminder of the passage of time. The costumes were for the main part from the Peter Hall production from Glyndebourne vintage 1973. To see Miss Chuchman in the costume first worn by Ileana Cotrubas, and then by a distinguished series of subsequent Glyndebourne Susannas, including Gianna Rolandi herself in 1984, was somewhat discombobulating for me. But she lived up to her illustrious predecessors!
So it was a good and happy day!