La Donna Del Lago
Yesterday Constance and I went to the MET’s Live in HD presentation of Rossini’s La Donna Del Lago, an opera based on a poem by Sir Walter Scott. Mungo got wind of the fact that we had been to another Scottish-themed Opera and hopped into my pocket as we headed to our local puddle for a photo shoot.
Many kilts were in evidence in the opera, including the one worn by the swaggering Malcolm (who was played by mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona). Also present were shepherds and shepherdesses, woad-dyed celtic bards, and lords and ladies in sort-of 16th century costume. The drop-dead gorgeous rivals, John Osborn (kilted) and Juan Diego Flores (in shiny dagged and slashed black leathers) vied for the hand of the delightful Joyce DiDonato (in blue silk corset over linen chemise and blue petticoat).
Kilts are fabulous of course, but Mungo was crushed at the lack of bagpipes in the score.