New York, NYMonday July 13, 2009 - 8:00 PM
The Metropolitan Opera launched its Summer Recital Series with a special performance of opera arias and popular songs headlined by the Tony Award-winning baritone Paulo Szot and featuring Lisette Oropesa (soprano), Alek Shrader (tenor), and Vlad Iftinca (piano).
Yet the hottest number of the evening was Oropesa. Resplendent in a cornflower-blue dress, she defied the mikes by tossing off impeccable trills in “Caro nome” from Rigoletto and coquettishly charming the audience with “Quando m’en vo” from La bohème (a last-minute change to the program that proved to be a brilliant move). Her agile, silky soprano earned the most bravos of the night.— Olivia Giovetti • Time Out New York