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Subject: Re: Salome
From: William Fiorelli <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:William Fiorelli <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 17 Dec 2016 21:19:10 +0000
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Unfortunately Racette's voice is shot and her choice of roles is dwindling quickly. She was wise to give up Butterfly. 
Bill


      From: Don <[log in to unmask]>
 To: [log in to unmask] 
 Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2016 3:43 PM
 Subject: Re: Salome
   
Dynamics?  LOL  Not today.  Mostly loud unless it was the very lowest notes
which were mostly inaudible, understandably  .  By the end, she did sound
like she had lost some control and was singly wildly with an ever widening
vibrato.  I was amazed at Herod.  The part is just ridiculous and I do not
see how anyone can stay with the orchestra in all those quick passages with
dozens of notes much less singing the notes on target.  He did manage to
stay with the orchestra for the most part especially in those places where
everyone lands at once.  It becomes a sprechstimme role most of the time
and I understand why.  Maybe it's what Strauss wanted.  I always think it's
one of those roles where you hit the first note in the measure and just
fake it until the first note of the next measure.  What happens in between
is anyone's guess.  The most accurate singing I heard was from Jochannan(a
better role for him than a lot of those Italian roles we have heard him
sing) although it got a bit high for him at points.  I wish I could hear
Greer Grimsley sing the part when he does it on the 28th.  He's only
singing the one performance which is a shame and I wondered why he is
bothering to do it.  The Narraboth was very good I thought in a thankless
role.
dond

On Sat, Dec 17, 2016 at 1:24 PM, Ron Magnuson <[log in to unmask]>
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> > On Dec 17, 2016, at 2:43 PM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > Challenge accepted! She understands the role but the vocalism
> > is incompetent.
>
> She started loud and got louder with a vibrato that increased in width
> with the volume.  Where are the pianissimi, dynamic gradations and the
> seduction?  She sounded unhinged from beginning to end.
>
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