That Big Nose Is Back, and So Is the Voice That Goes With It

cyrano.jpgBy BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 10 March, 2006]
The hole in the middle of the Metropolitan Opera’s recent revival of “Cyrano de Bergerac” has been filled. Franco Alfano’s opera in Francesca Zambello’s production was created last season as a vehicle meant to carry Pl·cido Domingo farther along his amazing route of twilight stardom. The title role sits well on his deepening tenor voice, and here was a chance to be a dashing swordsman, wear a long nose and act up a storm. A rarely performed piece with lovely music received exposure it is not used to.