I only had the opportunity to listen to the famous aria "Maman" or whatever
with Swenson. My reception was okay I thought, but her tone was consistently
flat (at least 1/8 lower) through a whole phrase or two and then back to
pitch, then flat again etc. It drove me nuts, so I stopped listening!
Could it be my reception also?? I was wondering how old Swenson is now,
because it sounded exactly like an 'older' operasinger (I am so sorry if I
offend you, Miss Swenson).
I realize that radio broadcasts are not in the least an indication of what
the audience really hears!
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From: Joseph Nathan <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, March 04, 2001 5:08 AM
I was surprised at Don's rave review of Sabbatini as Des Grieux yesterday.
I was at the performance and thought he produced some really ugly sounds --
his voice seemed metallic --quite shrill at the top. Maybe it was better
over the radio. Swenson was marvelous, though.