We are located in a beautiful place: ancient warehouses turned into a conference center. We are currently sitting through the executive morning briefing.
I'm not going to tape the conferences, as HP is providing live coverage here.
Roland Villazon (tenor) was singing tonight in a gala with Natalie Desay (soprano), with the Radio France Philhamonic Orchestra conducted by Myung Wung Chung at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
It's the first time I hear Desay live: I'm a bit disappointed by her "light" soprano voice. It's not high-pitched, but too-cristalline. And she over-acts.
I heard Villazon last month, and tonight he was better. Definitely a Domingo voice to become: great showmanship, great presence on stage, lots of humor; his voice needs to mature still, and he needs to add some power. Nevertheless he was great.
It had been a very long time since I saw Chung on stage: he still conducts with minimalism and lots of expression at the same time. With my binoculars I could see how the musicians were watching each of his instructions.
Overall, not a great night for me, as I found the répertoire to be too cliché: love themes, and more love themes. After 2 hours, you do get bored.
Desay did a massacre of the first Traviata aria ('un di', felice'), one of my favorites; nevertheless by the end of the concert, her voice was back on par with Villazon.