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Subject: Lamenting the loss of Brad Wilber's Met Futures Page
From: Val Suan <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Val Suan <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:03:46 -0800

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I just posted a commentary on Mr. Brad Wilber's Facebook page how I miss his an operatic crystal ball that we all can possibly gaze into the future. Most singers do not want to tell a soulwhat, where, when they are singing a possible role (because, helloooo? management says so, no blabbing of the mouth before the official press release, because, this and that reason, whatever...) , with the exception of a very excited Renee Fleming during the Nov. 29, 1999 (well, it was the Friday or Sat after the American Thanksgiving Holiday). The place: Chicago's Symphony Center (home of the CSO), the time: intermission and the what: mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne final "classical" recital that afternoon. She sang a most endearing "Se pieta" from Handel's GIULIO CESARE that moved me to tears.
Ok, I digress. La Fleming, whom I normally asked when she's coming back to Houston (I was then living there) at the Grainger Ballroom of Symphony Hall/Center (second floor, usually for soirees, and pre-concert talks, lovely space)...grabbed hold of both of my hands, totally surprising me and blurted in soft girlish hushed excited tones: Violetta!  I couldn't move...I said, Oh my F++KING god...this is JUST gonna make New York super green with envy. So, I did more research and sent out feelers to cyberspace and got the time frame : spring of 2003.  The American diva fulfilled her promise, singing ALL of SEVEN published performances at Houston Grand Opera making operatic history. I was there for her Violetta role debut and kissed her hand backstage after the la prima notte (first night). Meanwhile, I saw a huge emerald lined with diamonds on her hand. Rumor has it that Jeff Bezos gave her the bauble when they briefly dated. Now, both are
 happily married to different spouses.
I never told a soul that would DARE post or print ONLINE or mention in a newspaper, magazine or the Internet. I did email very close friends as soon as I got home shaking, placing them under strict oath and a "blood compact" that I will incinerate their souls if they ever blurt it out online, or gets published. Renee would NOT like that. Then about a year or so before the Houston Traviata role debut, some hack in Pittsburgh blurted it all out. The rest was history.
So, while perusing Mr. Wilber's lovely page, I saw this:

2015-2016 : ELEKTRA (NEW co-production with La Scala) with Waltraud Meier as Klytamnestra. Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen. Director: Patrice Chereau.
Now, if you guys have been paying much attention to my postings lately, you can put two and two together, hmmm?
Auf weidersehn, Lieblings... (Bye)
aka Madame V (my new handle)...mysterious, friendly yet short!

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