NEW YORK – Rewarding a rare encore with an even rarer standing ovation in midperformance, a rapturous Metropolitan Opera audience hailed the company’s beguiling new production of Donizetti’s comic gem, “La Fille du Regiment” (“The Daughter of the Regiment”).
It was Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez as the lovesick Tonio who brought the crowd to its feet late in Act 1 on Monday night by sailing with ease through the nine high Cs in the aria, “Pour mon ame” — and then singing it a second time.
The ovation in the middle is incredible. I’ve been to The Met and the idea that people would basically lose their minds like that in the middle of a performance is amazing. I would love to have been there. Thankfully he’s going to be at the Met again next year in La Sonnambula, so I’ll get a chance to see him do his thing live. It won’t be something as remarkable as this, but it should still be pretty good 🙂
Here’s a Youtube video of him performing the same aria last year: