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Subject: Re: Richard Tucker Gala makes for magnificent music (10-30-16)
From: ANGELO MAMMANO <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:ANGELO MAMMANO <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:28:46 -0400

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It was a great concert - the voices were some of the best and they
were assisted enormously by the conductor  Asher Fisch. I met him
several years ago when he gave a talk and piano recital at MIT.
He played the Liszt Tannhaeuser transcription and we spoke about
Wagner and stuff afterwards. It was so good that Camarena had so
much to contribute. The upcoming Puritani should be exciting!

Angelo from Boston

> On October 31, 2016 at 3:34 PM "Mitchell, Katalin" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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!
> Kati
> 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
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >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
> >audience.
> >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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