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Subject: Re: "Guillaume Tell" Tonight
From: Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:48:38 -0400
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I listened to the broadcast and can only comment on the singing and
playing. OUTSTANDING in every way. Though live, it surpassed even
the landmark studio recording from the 70s (French vers. under Gardelli).

Finley's Tell, Hymel's Arnold and Rebeka's Mathilde were for the ages. The
chorus is also rather important in this opera and the Met chorus lived up
to the highest possible standards. I was also quite impressed with Luisi's
conducting, only on a few occasions a bit fast. Can't wait for more
broadcasts.

This must be one of the highlights of the season and it is incomprehensible
that Gelb chose it to be the only new production this year not to be shown
in HD. It's a milestone in the Met's history, revived after 80 years, and
assembles the best possible interpreters of highly demanding roles that you
can find today. The opera itself is majestic, influencing so many greats
from Meyerbeer to Verdi and, one might add, arguably even Wagner. The
length cannot be used as a reason for omitting it from HD because it's even
slightly shorter than recently simulcasted TRISTAN in HD.

Bravi tutti! (sans Gelb for the inexcusable failure to include it in HD)

Vesna

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