Sunday, November 15, 2009
Peter Mattei in "From the House of the Dead"
[Above photo by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times]
[Above photo by Bebeto Matthews]
Janacek's operas may be the most unfairly neglected works on the American stage. Jenufa, The Makropoulos Case and Katya Kabanova are always dramatically rich experiences in the opera house. Suddenly, there are productions of the less famous "From the House of the Dead" running in both Basel and at the Metropolitan Opera, where these two photos are taken.
The entire cast is men, so you can be assured that there are always plenty of barihunks and other hunks on the stage. Although many productions of the opera can get racy, including shower scenes, the Met played it on the conservative side. Peter Mattei was the most notable barihunk in this production (he is seen in the bottom photo).
You can click HERE to read Anthony Tommasini's informative review in the New York Times or read James Jorden's review in the New York Post by clicking HERE.
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