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Ham on the Lam

Middle distance runner Stuart Murdoch
photo: Jennifer S. Altman
Middle distance runner Stuart Murdoch

Someone at Lincoln Center might want to check the dosages of Robert Lloyd's meds. The Met bass sang the role of Osmin, the bloodthirsty servant of Mozart's Abduction From the Seraglio, in concert with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher on May 2. There's not a lot of action in Abduction, so it's often performed as a recital, but Lloyd could not be contained in the pen with the rest of the cast. At each entrance he charged from the wing, ignoring the onstage orchestra as he plowed through it, gesticulating like a buffo ham. If there had been scenery, he'd have chewed it up and spat it into the first few rows. His enthusiasm wasn't confined to his acting; in one third-act aria (about the partying he'd do after lynching the heroes) he hung onto a deep "zu" so long that even the strings couldn't keep up. Whatever he's taking, they should put it in the water fountains backstage. —J.G.

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