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IoanaC
12-17-2012, 12:11 AM
Alagna reverted to falsetto more than a couple of times, and while it was pretty where he sang in tune -- in the Tomb Scene his pitch went awry -- it was still falsetto, not pppp or pp. (I was trying to follow his explanation.) It sounded better than the typical scream, but Palombi does a real quad piano there, and it felt like a cheat.

The falsetto in Celeste Aida was in tune, but still weird. What bothered me more, though, was that there were parts where the other voices seemed to drown his - in the second act especially. Maybe the placement of the microphones had something to do with that too, I don't know. Still, I expected him to have a more powerful presence and I was kind of disappointed.

kwanfan1818
12-17-2012, 12:50 AM
"Celeste Aida" was definitely in tune. The Tomb Scene, not so much. (I wished she had stabbed him in the ribs to stop him.) I agree he wasn't carrying very well throughout, but I think he held his own dramatically.

I read a couple of interviews with Borodina, who said she so preferred singing with Domingo than Pavarotti, because she felt that Pavarotti stood in one spot and did his own calculated thing and didn't care about his colleagues ("He's got this perfectly tuned machine but when he's singing he has cold eyes,") while Domingo cared about the drama. Alagna looked like he cared about the drama and was in the moment.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalmusic/8382868/Olga-Borodina-the-diva-you-dont-mess-with.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2005/jul/28/classicalmusicandopera

Maria Nockin, who does a lot of reviews of regional opera especially, posted this link of an English translation of an interview with Monastyrska to the Opera-L list:
http://www.day.kiev.ua/en/article/culture/liudmyla-monastyrska-besides-vocal-we-need-image

kwanfan1818
12-17-2012, 07:37 AM
I just read a review of "Les Troyens," and it was probably Eric Cutler's Iopas with which I was impressed, not Giordani's Aeneas. I knew the music was familiar, but I didn't realize it was Iopas', since I don't know the opera very well.

IoanaC
12-17-2012, 09:09 AM
I read a couple of interviews with Borodina, who said she so preferred singing with Domingo than Pavarotti, because she felt that Pavarotti stood in one spot and did his own calculated thing and didn't care about his colleagues ("He's got this perfectly tuned machine but when he's singing he has cold eyes,") while Domingo cared about the drama. Alagna looked like he cared about the drama and was in the moment.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalmusic/8382868/Olga-Borodina-the-diva-you-dont-mess-with.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2005/jul/28/classicalmusicandopera

Thank you for the interviews with Borodina! So no-nonsense, she's great!:lol:

emason
12-17-2012, 11:51 AM
I just read a review of "Les Troyens," and it was probably Eric Cutler's Iopas with which I was impressed, not Giordani's Aeneas. I knew the music was familiar, but I didn't realize it was Iopas', since I don't know the opera very well.

Yes, Giordani is the one who received the boos on opening night when my friend went. I'm curious to see what happens tonight when I go.

Also, re: Alagna and his acting talent, vocally he can certainly be hit or miss, but he is the only Don Jose I have ever seen who has been able to convince me that that character has a legitimate point of view and that the opera is not all Carmen all the time.

kwanfan1818
12-18-2012, 03:44 AM
Also, re: Alagna and his acting talent, vocally he can certainly be hit or miss, but he is the only Don Jose I have ever seen who has been able to convince me that that character has a legitimate point of view and that the opera is not all Carmen all the time.
That is a rare talent.

This was linked on Opera-L and

It's Neither April 1st nor Halloween (http://i.imgur.com/lLvRX.jpg)

kwanfan1818
12-26-2012, 02:37 AM
"Top 25 of 2012", a year-end holiday treat from barihunks:

Zeig mir deinen Sixpack (http://barihunks.blogspot.ca/2012/12/barihunks-top-25-of-2012.html?spref=tw) (No. 8)

BlueRidge
01-06-2013, 01:42 AM
SaSherka, were you at Les Troyens today? Thought I saw you when they were panning the audience before it started.

SaSherka
01-11-2013, 02:09 PM
SaSherka, were you at Les Troyens today? Thought I saw you when they were panning the audience before it started.

Haha decided to pop into the thread and I am mentioned! Sixth sense! Yes, I was in house and L-O-V-E-D all 5+ hours of Les Troyens (with a particular mention of Act 4 meltingly gorgeous love scenes)

Also saw Maria Stuarda the night before with lady JDD <3

IoanaC
01-11-2013, 03:25 PM
Haha decided to pop into the thread and I am mentioned! Sixth sense! Yes, I was in house and L-O-V-E-D all 5+ hours of Les Troyens (with a particular mention of Act 4 meltingly gorgeous love scenes)

Also saw Maria Stuarda the night before with lady JDD <3

I saw Les Troyens in HD and I too loved every minute of it. Susan Graham and Bryan Hymel were spectacular.

Can't wait for Maria Stuarda next week!

BlueRidge
01-11-2013, 05:19 PM
Haha decided to pop into the thread and I am mentioned! Sixth sense! Yes, I was in house and L-O-V-E-D all 5+ hours of Les Troyens (with a particular mention of Act 4 meltingly gorgeous love scenes)

...

Wheee, I wasn't really paying attention and then I said, hey wait a minute, I know that person! :lol:

I loved Les Troyens! I'm so envious you got to see it in person. :rollin:

I hadn't been paying attention so didn't know that Giordani had dropped out. I was thrilled with Bryan Hymel! Wow. And loved, loved, loved Susan Graham.

IoanaC
01-11-2013, 08:48 PM
And loved, loved, loved Susan Graham.

I was reminded of another splendid Dido, Anna Bonitatibus in Cavalli's "La Didone", which I'd seen last year in Paris (conducted by William Christie).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biRqPG1OoEY&list=FLyPjjor-UMBrpCGo55rsrtg&index=36

SaSherka
01-11-2013, 10:22 PM
MetHD Les Troyens interview (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZU95CUxcS8) :swoon: x3

I wasn't excited about Les Troyens until the announcement that Giordani dropped out :lol: I knew Bryan Hymel would be fab (and he was, Sat as well as on his debut night 12/26 which was broadcast!)

As for Maria Stuarda, JDD was fantastic, but honestly, I wasn't crazy about the production (I also didn't have time to have dinner beforehand and was lacking sleep...). Just felt too static from up in the Family Circle / Balcony. I have a feeling it'll come off much better in HD as most of the acting was in minute details. I also loved the Met/Sirius broadcast - the power of this opera is in the music, imho, not in the staged grandeur as in Les Troyens.

Btw, just noticed that Angela Meade is singing in tomorrow's Il Trovatore broadcast, replacing Patricia Racette.

IoanaC, thanks for sharing Bonitatibus' Dido!!!

kwanfan1818
01-11-2013, 11:00 PM
That's great news about Angela Meade.

How did Elza van den Heever sound?

dinakt
01-11-2013, 11:47 PM
Thank you for the interviews with Borodina! So no-nonsense, she's great!:lol:
Scotto said the same thing.
It is amazing to listen to Pavarotti. But I definitely see the point of Leading Ladies who want their leading man to care about them for 3 hours:)
And a friend sent me a link to "Wozzeck on Ice" a while ago. I am still laughing. Reminds me of a "Simpson"s episode when they did "Streetcar Named Desire The Musical" . Just too good.