Geraldine Chauvet press reviews
The New Yorl Times: The Metropolitan Opera's final performance this season of Mozart's last opera, "La Clemenza di Tito," was notable for the unexpected company debut of mezzo-soprano Geraldine Chauvet.
The French singer took over Monday night as Sesto .
Chauvet had made her first U.S. appearance in January in another trouser's role, as Adrianoin a concert performance of Wagner's "Rienzi" with the Opera Orchestra of New York and has sung "Carmen"
in several European houses (Arena di Verona ...)
With a winning smile and agile range, she made a strong impression in her first-act aria, "Parto, parto," when Sesto agrees to murder his friend Tito, the emperor of Rome who later pardons him – hence the title
"The Clemency of Tito."
In addition to shimmering singing, her strong-yet-vulnerable manner contributed to a well-rounded portrayal.
The crowd responded with strong applause.
The rest of the sturdy cast in the two-act opera seria was unchanged from most performances of the run, headed by tenor Giuseppe Filianoti as Tito and soprano Barbara Frittoli as Vitellia . Conductor Harry Bickett led a lively performance .