"Always leave 'em wanting more" is age-old showbiz wisdom, and Giuseppe Filianoti did just that in his final Met Lucia for the season. It was by far the best of the three performances I heard, capped by a suave and wildly erotic "Tu che a D-o." The audience awarded him with a long, roaring ovation and confetti. (Ma sœur Sieglinde, fut-ce toi ?)
An excellent source tells me that Filianoti's next New York gig, after the May Elisirs, will be Cilea's L'Arlesiana with Opera Orchestra of New York. He returns to the Met in 2007-08 (I need to double-check this) for Lucia and then Rigoletto.
The invaluable MetManiac Future Seasons page shows Natalie Dessay opening the 2007-08 season in Lucia. Might our boy be at her side? (A friend I saw at the show last night sniffed, "Not likely, unless he gets a big fat recording contract." Well, we can hope—on both counts.) And what would you say to Hvorostovsky as Enrico and Abdrazakov as Raimondo, with Sir Charles Mackerras conducting? Je délire…
In addition to his musical virtues, Filianoti really knows how to plant one on a girl, and obviously enjoys doing so, too. He kisses with élan, à la Hayez. (Would-be mauvais garçons, take note.)
There is much more to say about last night's Lucia, but I have something in the works for a different venue, and I haven't gotten to sleep before 4 a.m. in nearly a week.
If you hanker for more Filia-notti, check out his upcoming schedule: Favorite in Genova, Zauberflöte in Parma, Werther in Las Palmas (his role début, with Alfredo Kraus looking down from heaven). He will also reprise Lucia at La Scala opposite the great Mariella Devia, in her final performances of the role. I would happily travel to hear any of these shows. Sorelle, che ne dite ?