It speaks to the high quality of the Met these days that stumbling performances like “Aida” this week are rare. “Carmen” also returned to the stage.
The company opened its season with an inert, old-fashioned staging of Saint-Saëns’s “Samson et Dalila,” with Roberto Alagna and Elina Garanca.
A revival of this classic red-sauce double bill, starring Roberto Alagna, is part of a January all too dominated by Italian standards.
The Met’s revival of Franco Alfano’s rarely heard opera was buoyed by powerful performances by Roberto Alagna and Jennifer Rowley.
For Cyrano — a challenging role even without foam prosthetics on your face — the tenor Roberto Alagna said he tried hard to focus his sound.