Yes, in a real opera on the stage of the great opera house. He played
the non-singing role of the Chopinesque pianist-spy, Lazinski, in Umberto
Giordano's Fedora. He is a long-time fan of Mirella Freni and
Placido Domingo, and being on stage with them was an absolute thrill.
The MET must have been as thrilled to have had a real-life dashing pianist
play the role of a dashing pianist.
theChopin-like nocturne was easy, it was the acting that somewhat fazed
him. But he pulled it off quite nicely - after all, with his elegant
bearing and his Lisztian lock of flaxen hair, he did look the part.
Here he is shown with soprano Ainhoa Arteta in the scene where he dazzles
the guests as a bon vivant beau and piano player, and - backstage
after an evening's performance - with the great Mirella Freni who sang
the title role and whom Jean-Yves met for the first time on the set.