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Subject: Re: Melot
From: Kathy Boyce <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kathy Boyce <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:38:38 -0400
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I'm sorry - but good singing, good orchestra, but no gold curtain?  Really?

Kathy Boyce
New Hampshire

www.cafepress.com/operabayreuth

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And the night shall be filled with music......        Longfellow

On 9/27/16, 12:30 AM, donald kane wrote:
> His name is Neal Cooper, and it's his debut - poor guy doesn't even get to
> deliver the mortal wound to Tristan, who simply stabs himself at the end of
> Act Two!   That does it for Wagner's idea of opening Acts One And Three with
> a couple of scene setting, atmospheric tenor bits - what happens in this
> misbegotten production is the elimination of the second role altogether -
> no shepherd in Act Three!  Be that as it may, I have always had a problem
> with the Met's insistence on putting "off-stage" voices so far off stage
> that they are just about inaudable;  Brangaene, tonight, suffered this
> practice the most: one
> of this opera's supreme inspirations went for nothing, unless you're
> impressed
> by projected swirling clouds; .even the chorus lost most of the exciting
> impact it should have as Act One closes.  There is; as expected, no
> curtain; will it survive this season?    If I had to choose between
> ascending clusters of crystal, and the great gold curtain - but why should
> I have to choose?  There's seldom much gained by substituting that big
> black hole.  Pretty good singing for
> the most part, and a thrilling orchestral performance, otherwise, a mess.
>
> dtmk
>
>
> On Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 8:29 PM, David M. Wagner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> I'm liking the performance, but who's that ratchetty tenor Melot? Where
>> are the great baritone Melots (Uhde, Weikl)? Or even first-class tenor
>> Melots like William Lewis?
>>
>> And where are the commentators who understand this is an important
>> character? No full cast was given after Act II - rather, everyone *but*
>> Melot.
>>
>> Yes, in some of the medieval sources Melot is a dwarf, but Wagner did not
>> go that route, and Melot should not sound like Mime, and a weak one at that.
>>
>> So who was he?
>>
>> -David Wagner
>>
>>
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