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Subject: Chinese soprano Hui Hé triumphs as Cio-Cio-San
From: Daniel Kessler <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 6 May 2014 14:21:11 -0400
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In the last week of the Met season, Chinese soprano Hui Hé wowed Met 
audiences last night as Cio-Cio-San and garnered a standing ovation at 
her final curtain call ...and it was well deseved.  Her voice has that 
refulgent tone, one that amply fills the house.

Ms. Hé seems to have arrived on the operatic scene as late as 2006 
insofar as int'l recognition is concerned.

She was partnered by the Lt. Pinkerton of Welch tenor Gwyn Hughes-
Jones, who's voice was an equal match in amplitude to Ms. Hé.

Of the three Cio-Cio-Sans the Met has lavished on its audiences this 
season...the South African Amanda Eschlasz, the Latvian Kristine 
Opolalis, both also impressive...I have to give the "edge" to Ms. Hé and 
look forward to hearing more of her.

Dan Kessler

P.S.  I recall in former times...when Asian-trained singers first appeared 
on Western stages in opera...many did not garner much recognition...it 
was said that poor Asian operatic training was the problem.  That era 
seems to have passed...Gott sei-dank! (thank God)

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