On Friday evening a group of 40 Maestro! Music Lovers dined in the beautiful setting of the Metropolitan's Grand Tier Restaurant before making their way into the iconic auditorium of the Met for the opening night of Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades with Vasily Petrenko at the helm.
The evening had the atmosphere of an 'opening night gala' at the Met and the audience were rewarded with an outstanding performance including the eagerly awaited debut of soprano Lise Davidsen.
As the New York Times said in their review (which you can read in full below) "The stakes could hardly have been higher. Before she’d sung a note in public at the Met, the company had already announced that in the next three seasons she would appear as Leonore in Fidelio, Chrysothemis in Elektra, Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier".
Ms Davidsen had a triumphal performance and so too did Mo. Petrenko. The New York Times crit again "Miss Davidsen's restrained yet exciting performance was matched by that of the conductor Vasily Petrenko, also making his Met debut and leading a refined, properly aristocratic performance...He inspired a polished, well chosen cast in the Met’s wintry production....his conducting, admirably melancholic, not cheaply wild-eyed".
Vasily joined the Maestro! group on the previous evening for a Thanksgiving Dinner and jazz set by Wycliffe Gordon & Friends in the unique setting of Dizzy's Club overloking Central Park.