I learned something yesterday. I was talking with my friend R and we were reminiscing about our glory days in graduate school. One time, in December of 2008, we took a trip to the Met to see Don Giovanni. Neither of us were paying much attention to the cast list; we just wanted to hear the opera.
What I remembered most about the performance at the time was “mi tradì” – I still recall thinking, as the aria ended, “oh, now I get what that’s about!”
So after talking with R briefly about this among other things, I went and looked up who had been singing Donna Elvira at the Met in December of 2008 – and on learning who it was, I wasn’t sure whether to smack myself on the forehead or laugh, so I did both. I guess Der Rosenkavalier wasn’t the first time I heard Dorothea Röschmann live after all!