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Subject: Re: Richard Tucker Gala makes for magnificent music (10-30-16)
From: "Mitchell, Katalin" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mitchell, Katalin
Date:Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:34:34 +0000

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Could have used some heavier voices, like a baritone and a bass every once 
in a while, not to mention a dramatic tenor… but what was on offer was 
magnificent! Thanks again for the alert! 
On 10/31/16, 3:25 PM, "Discussion of opera and related issues on behalf of 
Alan Savada" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of 
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>Last night's Richard Tucker Gala moved back to Carnegie Hall for the 
>first time in many years. It was a welcome change and also the addition 
>of a live stream on Medici TV online was a real treat especially since we 
>can all watch it for free for the next 90 days. It will also air on WQXR 
>online and on the radio in New York at 9 p.m. on November 19th. 
>As always there were cancellations and we sadly missed the debut of tenor 
>Yusif Eyvazov off who broke his foot. 
>It was just over two hours of music which started with Wagner's "Entrance 
>of the Guests" from Tannhauser featuring the New York Choral Society who 
>found the magnificent all evening, which had many latecomers parading in 
>as well! 
>Next came this year's Tucker Award winner Tamara Wilson who sang ""Dich 
>teure Halle" from the same opera, featuring some of the most awesome 
>pianissimi I have ever heard. 
>She was followed by Renee Fleming who sang "Adieu not really petite 
>table" from Massenet's Manon as well as Leoncavallo's Mattinata. 
>Tenor Javier Camarena, who hit more high notes than anyone else all night 
>held the last note of Rossini's "La danza" for what seemed to be forever. 
>Nadine Sierra gave us a magnificent Lucia with "Regnava nel silenzio," 
>and Kristine Opolais made us want to go hear her upcoming Rusalka at the 
>Metropolitan with that aria. 
>Ms. Wilson returned with a rare treat in Verdi's "Tu al cui sguardo 
>omnipossente" from I due Foscari with a stellar cabaletta. 
>Last year's winner Jamie Barton returned with a deliciously melting "Mon 
>coeur souvre a ta voix" from Samson and Delilah. 
>Who knew how many high notes could be sung by two tenors simultaneously 
>and  Mr. Camarena was joined by Lawrence Brownlee for "Ah vieni nel tuo 
>sangue" from Rossini's Otello in which the two of them seem to be 
>jokingly holding the high notes longer and longer as they went along. 
>Anna Netrebko, whom I have not heard live in some time sounded like her 
>voice had just completely grown up with Giordano's "La mamma morta" from 
>Chenier, followed by an unannounced opening aria from Adriana Lecouvreur 
>in which her line "la mia voce" just floated through the house and then 
>she wowed the entire audience with a huge crescendo and decrescendo on 
>the final "morro." 
>What had to be a New York Premiere was Joyce Didonato  singing "Si son 
>io" from Great Scott and then she introduced Jake Heggie who was in the 
>Ms. Wilson and Ms. Barton were joined by tenor Joshua Guerrero in the Act 
>1 finale of Bellini's Norma. His career seems to have skyrocketed and now 
>he is also a winner of one of the Tucker grants this year. 
>Mr. Brownlee sang a gorgeously plaintive yet vocally  showy "Seul sur la 
>terre" from Donizetti's Dom Sebastien, which was followed by  Butterfly's 
>"Un bel di vedremo" for Ms. Opolais. 
>One of the highlights was easily the duet from Handel's Giulio Cesare, 
>"Son nata a lagrimar" for mezzos Barton and Didonato. 
>More high notes abounded when Mr. Camarena  returned with Ms. Sierra for 
>the Puritani duet "Vieni fra questa braccia." 
>The finale for Ms Wilson and Mr. Guerrero was a beautiful "Make Our 
>Garden Grow" from Candide, again joined by the New York Choral Society 
>which almost had me in tears. 
>What a wonderful night it was, and the post-gala dinner this year moved 
>to the ballroom at The Plaza Hotel which was a wonderful treat as we all 
>mingled with the singers and many other opera stars such as Ailyn Perez 
>and the great Neil Shicoff (there's a foto on my FB page of that!) 
>Alan Savada 
>Washington DC 
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