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Subject: Singers
From: patrick byrne <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:patrick byrne <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 4 Apr 2010 14:27:14 -0400

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Just finished watching a Traviata from NYCO. Scotto directed. Could not help 
but notice how really fine the singers were. This was a production from some 
years back. The Violetta was one Janice Hall. A really beautiful voice, even 
throughout the range, flexible, on pitch(a serious problem with some recent 
Met singers), good looking and convincing in the role. Alfredo was Steven Mark 
Brown. A voice in a way like Kraus. Beautiful control, long line, able to sing 
softly, strong focused top. A delight from beginning to end. 

Last night I suffered through a recent Turandot. Gorgeous chorus, beautifully 
set, blocking of superb quality, a very finely sung Liu. The Calaf was so 
strained, so tight, so off key at times it made me wish for Kurt Baum. Like 
Baum, he too had that one top money note. Not worth listening to just to get 
to that.The Turandot looked more like Mama Lucia. Where are the make-up 
artists and hairdressers at the Met? Any local drag artists could have pulled 
together a better look for this soprano. No body could have helped this 
shredded, wobbly remnant of a voice. Shrieked top, and little else. 
Timur,beautifully costumed, presented a noble, though wobbly king. The 
Mandarin had a superb voice.

Outstanding singers are becoming all too rare.

Patrick Byrne

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