Music: Rossini’s ‘Semiramide’ at the Metropolitan Opera House

Javier Camarena as Idreno and Ryan Speedo Green as Oroe in Rossini's "Semiramide." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Along with Rossini’s “Barber of Seville”, the Met in recent seasons has sucessfully presented his lesser known “L'italiana in Algeri”, “La Cenerentola” (“Cinderella”), “La donna del lago” (“Lady of the Lake”), and “William Tell”.  Now after 25 years, his “Semiramide” returns to the repertory.  For reasons other than Maurizio Benini and the Met Orchestra's spunky playing of the opera's Overture, soprano Angela Meade’s gallant singing of the serial killer Babylonian queen, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong's beautiful duets with Meade about their complicated relationship and tenor Javier Camarena’s star turn as the love-struck Prince Idreno, the production also provided an up-close look at