Because I am a huge opera fan, but am no longer able to get to the Met at Lincoln Center, my family brought the Met to me, in the person of the lovely and talented Taresa Blunda. It was all planned as a birthday surprise, and it couldn’t have been more glorious! In her stunning title performance from Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” Taresa filled the room with the exquisite "Un bel di vedremo," and brought me to tears. Her extraordinary voice was so beautiful, and it was so movingly complemented by her gracefully elegant depiction of this exquisitely tragic heroine.
Taresa followed this deeply moving performance with a particularly challenging aria normally identified with Luciana Pavarotti, but my goodness did she take it on as her own! It was “Nessum dorma,” from Puccini’s Turandot, and it was another powerful performance by this lovely and talented singer.
I’m so grateful to my family for choosing Taresa. She brought an enchanting joy to all, and provided me with a birthday celebration that I won’t forget! Bravo!