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Subject: Giuseppe Verdi's "Radames" at Covent Garden
From: Don Quixote <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Don Quixote <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 29 Apr 2010 18:43:04 -0400

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We are in serious trouble when we can't even call this work "Amneris".  With the 
exception of Marcelo Alvarez, the remaining principals were apparently selected from the 
rejected candidates pool at the High School for the Arts.  And I am talking singing and 
acting and more.

What are we heading towards (a brick wall?) with these campy, 1960s-Jetsons-era 
productions of Verdi's works?  First the disastrous Metropolitan "Attila" and now this.

Witness this series of pictures

And reviews thus far are on the side of atrocious (no, not the reviews)

Wasn't long ago when the arguably "dull" Moshinsky production was panned in certain 
circles.  But at least the man gave his singers (and distinctive singers with personality he 
was given) room to breath, if you know what I mean.  Always in retrospect.

In retrospect, Cheryl Studer and Luciana D'Intino, ladies and gents.


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