Contrary to our experience on Saturday evevning:
1) Sieglinde is none too pleased with 'trebs, Guelfi, Fisch, and listening to a last minute cover. Were some of the problems exacerbated by Villazon's absence? I would imagine so.
(Sieglinde mentions some boo-ing from the audience after the Duke's 'Parmi veder le lagrime'. I agree this is unforgiveable. The poor guy is a last minute cover AND making his debut to a full house. Cut him some slack. No matter how much I wanted to boo Maureen O'Flynn at the Romeo et Juliette Prima, I did not. Or perhaps Alex didn't let me. Memory fails.)
2) Maury D. remains unimpressed and sorely disappointed. Defeated, he can hardly bring himself to fully share the experience.
I do hope Tuesday was a significantly poorer showing that Saturday. Otherwise, I need to seriously recalibrate my internal critical faculties. I maintain that 'trebs is the real deal (enough so that I grabbed cheapo tickets to her Carnegie Hall recital in March) I have a pretty decent ear, and other than one or two very specific top notes (perhaps the ones she bailed on during Tuesday's performance?), I wasn't feelin' the same intonation issues registered by Maury.
Ah well...what WILL Saturday bring?