I was there at the QEH last evening and I congratulate IGI on his review which captured the evening well.
My ears took the first aria to get accustiomed to the balance between orchestra and voice and IGI is right to refer to Romino Basso's elaborate armography' which seemed both unnecessary and intrusive. However if she genuinely needs to do it, then do it she must but it does look ... odd.
Delphine Galou is a naturally tall woman I'd guess but this was emphasised some very serious heels on some very sparkly shoes, plus she was wearing very tight leggings, emphasising her height again. And when she began sinmging you realised why she was there, truly the star singer of the evening.
All the others were good, the counter-tenor and tenor in particular. The band was marvellous and got individual ovations for producing some beautiful delicacy and some gutsy fast playing too. My personal heroes were the hornplayers and the bassoonist.
The programme was a slim work of art, containing all the arias in Italian and in English translation, plus the syopsis and an enlightening essay on pasticcio
I'm looking forward to listening to what sort of a job the BBC made of relaying/recording it.