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Subject: Re: Licitra Cancellation
From: Mike Begley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mike Begley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 17 Aug 2008 21:33:39 -0400

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I'm not sure I disagree with you, but Alvarez seemed to earn pretty good 
reviews when he did it in London in 2007, and will be doing it in Zurich in 
the Nov-Dec time frame.  From Covent Garden:
"The double stars of the evening were the Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti 
and the Argentinian tenor Marcelo Alvarez as Manrico.

Luisotti gives singers rein to shape a phrase while keeping strict, buoyant 
control. The orchestra responded energetically, with notable playing from 
lower strings and lower woodwind.

Alvarez performs with generosity and compassion, throwing himself into the 
high emotions demanded. He scales his high notes joyfully, boldly, never 
indulgently. This is familiar Pavarotti territory, but in Alvarez's hands a 
more tormented and impassioned experience."

Regarding Licitra's cancellation, has it occurred to anyone his significant 
other may be expecting a child around that time?  In looking back at 
articles on Licitra, he was engaged and planned to get married 5 or 6 years 
ago.  I never thought I'd actually say this about a TENOR, but singers are 
people too, and occassionally have lives outside the theatre.  By the way, 
according to his website he is having his Tanglewood debut this summer 
singing Norma with Renee Fleming.  I suppose that might be one reason 
Fleming announced this spring she would not sing the role - not because it 
was supposedly on the Met's schedule 2 years or so down the line, but 
because she was going to try it out in Tanglewood.  Hum, maybe Licitra had 
some extra free time on his hands a few months ago <see sentence one>.  Hum? 
<purely good-natured conjecture>
Don't worry about Maurizio - Domingo will sing it from the pit! But with the 
musical adjustments, Stephanie Blythe will be singing Adrianna and David 
Daniels will be the Princess.  <bald-faced lie, in case you didn't notice>.

Mike Begley

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Maria Protopopov" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, August 17, 2008 5:45 PM
Subject: Re: Licitra Cancellation

I just can't picture marcelo alvarez as manrico.  licitra to me is a perfect 

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