The young Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee who made his debut at the Met last month to much acclaim in the title role of Verdi’s Don Carlo appeared for the first time on the Met’s Saturday afternoon broadcasts yesterday – again as Don Carlo. His voice was much more appropriate for the part than was the over matched Roberto Alagna who sang most of the performances of this run of Verdi’s great opera. Lee has a dark spinto voice that is vaguely reminiscent of Franco Corelli – only with good taste. Lee has a bright sound with baritonal overtones and is capable of singing long stretches of music very softly while still maintaining full vocal support.
Here is the wonderful duet that concludes Verdi’s dark masterpiece. The soprano is Marina Poplavskaya. The conductor is Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Incidently, his reading of the last performance of the series was much faster than the first. The first act (really the first two done without an interval) yesterday was 7 minutes shorter than on the premiere. Don Carlo final duet
Mr Lee returns to the Met next season in Nabucco and Carmen.