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04-10-2013, 06:06 PM
I just read that Dessay was ill and DeNiese sang in her place last night without any rehearsal:

04-10-2013, 10:08 PM
A friend of mine went last night and her word for DeNiese was STUPENDOUS. Said she dominated the opera in every way possible.

04-10-2013, 10:23 PM
I read the news on Twitter yesterday. Well, I kind of agree with the comments to that article: I have a hard time believing De Niese just stepped in after 6 years, like a walk in the park, into the role and the choreography. I'm glad it turned out well, but I think she had been prepared to replace Dessay in case of illness. I doubt Peter Gelb would have taken such a risk otherwise.
I had checked the Met's website a few days ago and actually wondered if Natalie Dessay would be able to sustain so many performances (10-12?). Her voice sounds better, but it's still strained. Such a pity...:(

04-10-2013, 10:51 PM
It actually isn't that uncommon for replacements to be called in for key roles like that without rehearsing with the cast and orchestra. Angela Meade's big break in 2008 came when she stepped in for Sondra Radvanovsky in singing Elvira in Ernani at the Met. She was the cover for the role and had never rehearsed it at the Met. Recently, at the LA Opera, the lead soprano in The Flying Dutchman became ill shortly on opening night. The decision to replace her with her understudy came 12 minutes before curtain. The understudy had observed rehearsals and knew the score, but had never done a walk-through on the stage. (She also had never even been fitted for a wig, which was extremely noticeable in what was a very stylized production.)

Also, performers often come into productions mid-way through a run. For instance, in the same Flying Dutchman, the performer playing Erik became ill after the second performance, was replaced by the understudy for the third and fourth performances, and a third performer was brought in for the final two performances. I very seriously doubt that third performer would have done anything other than a very brief run-through of some orchestrations with the conductor, because there would have been no time to do so with the orchestra and cast. The orchestra shows up before the performance, warms up, and is out the door before the final bows are taken. And the cost of an additonal rehearsal is prohibitive if you would have to pay 40 musicians an extra couple of hours. Instead, operas bring in performers who already know the roles and can be expected to pick up simple staging on the fly.

04-10-2013, 11:08 PM
It actually isn't that uncommon for replacements to be called in for key roles like that without rehearsing with the cast and orchestra.

Of course I'm aware of that. I might be absolutely wrong, but I just have a feeling the MET wouldn't have taken a risk like that. Not only wasn't De Niese the official understudy, but she hasn't sung the role in a while. Back in December, when Bryan Hymel replaced Giordani in "Les Troyens", basically over night, they had to call Susan Graham and the rest of the cast on Christmas Eve to rehearse, even if Hymel had recently sung the role of Aeneas in London. Just like Giulio Cesare, that was a complex production too.
Again, I might be completely wrong... Anyway, I'm glad De Niese rose to the challenge and the result was excellent.

04-11-2013, 12:24 AM
I wonder about the rest of the run. Will Dessay sing on Friday, and, if not, then who?

I heard Alagna's first ever Met Cavaradossi a season or two ago when I forget who pulled out ill on the day of the performance. Gelb's story was that he tracked down Alagna in a cab on the way to lunch in Little Italy, but one does wonder.

04-11-2013, 02:35 AM
I mentioned that she hadn't had a rehearsal because in the article too which I linked, there was a photo/screen capture of her tweet:

Fear. Jumping head first into a running show without rehearsing w/ cast or orch. #iMustBeCrrrrrazy! May the gods be w me. & the force too

04-11-2013, 03:34 PM
If she had been in rehearsal, wouldn't there be an awful lot of people who could call this out?

04-18-2013, 05:35 AM
Seeing that this is about Carmen, I guess it could go anywhere on this board, but I decided that the opera thread was the best place. :D


04-18-2013, 06:25 AM
"It's an art, not a sport."

04-18-2013, 06:27 PM
The plot of Don Giovanni in 15 seconds or less (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoAkgOMp7DU&feature=youtu.be) from the cast at Madison Opera.

They really should make a t-shirt out of the last one.

04-19-2013, 10:46 PM
The plot of Don Giovanni in 15 seconds or less (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoAkgOMp7DU&feature=youtu.be) from the cast at Madison Opera.

They really should make a t-shirt out of the last one.

I love this one: "Baritone womanizes, acts like a baritone, pays the price, goes to hell." :lol:

04-25-2013, 07:25 AM
I never knew before today that the Barihunks call the tenors they like "Hunkentenors" :lol:

04-25-2013, 02:20 PM
Mikis Theodorakis Electra. Don't worry, it sounds nothing at all like Zorba The Greek

04-26-2013, 10:59 PM
For those of you who don't bow to the power of Handel and baroque (you don't know what you're missing:P), and therefore you probably won't attend the HD transmission of "Giulio Cesare" tomorrow, here's something you can enjoy instead. Live from Vienna, on ORF radio, "Eugene Onegin" with Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. (19.30 Central European Time)