I was especially impressed during Friday's performance by the presentation of Act 4 from "Otello." The music seemed a little more personal, in a way, heard in such an intimate setting. Thomas Booth filled out the title role with considerable vocal presence, with firmness of tehcnique to match intensity of phrasing. Lesley Ann Friend sounded a bit tentative at times, but nonetheless shaped Desdemona's lines effectively. Sarah Lambert provided vivid support as Emilia. I missed part of the first scene from Act 2 of "La Traviata," but heard enough to be persuaded of baritone Jonathan Carle's significant contribution in the role of Germont. He's got style, above all, always looking for ways to vary the tone color and find nuances in the text. It was nice to hear him sing not just "Di Provenza," but the usually omitted cabaletta. Karen Myers, as Violetta, could have used more vocal weight and expressive insight.