Netflix’s Daredevil and the Met Opera’s Cav & Pag

Finished Daredevil just after breakfast yesterday, and spent the rest of the morning consuming the fandom that has sprung up around it, before going off to watch the Met Opera’s broadcast of Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci.  It was a very Catholic day.  Most of it was made pretty much by virtuoso performances.

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Met Opera Broadcasts: Maria Stuarda, Francesca da Ramini, & Giulio Cesare

The last three Met opera broadcasts I saw this year(I skipped Rigoletto, which apparently wasn’t that good anyway, and Parsifal, which apparently was, but it was really too long) all seemed to be about the prima donna.  Riccardo Zanondai’s Francesca da Ramini was actually revived for the first time at the Met since the 80s and only the 2nd time ever specifically because Eva-Maria Westbreok wanted to sing it, Maria Stuarda was done because their doing all three of the Gaetano Donizetti’s Tudor Queen operas but still was pretty much centered around Joyce DiDonato, and Handel’s Giulio Cesare might not have been centered around Natalie Dessay, but when she’s still missing performances due to her health, today became largely about showing she’s not done yet, doing a role that requires not only hard singing but also Bollywood dancing!

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