Gianandrea Noseda leads another successful premiere at the MET

«Gounod’s operas can feel overstuffed and saggy, but this “Roméo” had a swift sense of dramatic inevitability thanks to the committed, incisive conducting of Gianandrea Noseda. From the slashing violence of the overture to the magical weightlessness of the balcony scene and the grim formality of Juliette’s wedding to Paris, Mr. Noseda and the superb orchestra captured each scene’s particular energy. Romance bloomed and suffered without self-indulgence, and the focus stayed squarely on the love story, so when the lights went out on the dead pair alone in the tomb, it was as though all hope had died with them.»
The Wall Street Journal, Heidi Waleson

«Though this is Gounod’s finest opera, a more sophisticated score than “Faust”, the music can still seem a little precious and cloying, even during the crucial love duet on the couple’s only night of wedded bliss. But Ms. Damrau and Mr. Grigolo infused it with a winning combination of emotional nakedness and vocal refinement that brought out the subtleties and depths of the music. Their efforts were aided all night by the nuanced, richly textured and vibrant conducting of the always impressive Gianandrea Noseda.»
The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini