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Subject: Re: Nabucco in HD This Afternoon
From: "Mitchell, Katalin" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mitchell, Katalin
Date:Sun, 8 Jan 2017 04:50:36 +0000
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Thank you all for your reports, can't wait for the Wednesday encore, since I could not be there today. It sounds like baritone or no baritone, our Placido still moves operagoers with his sheer artistry, and I for one am a happy audience member. 
Kati 
 
> On Jan 7, 2017, at 11:22 PM, Alain Letort <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
>  
> Thank you very much, Idia.  I’m very sorry you missed today’s HDbroadcast of “Nabucco.”   
> I am very fortunate to be able to ride the subway to either of the two theaters in D.C.  
> that offer the Met’s HD performances, and as I live a block from the subway through an  
> underground garage, weather is never a problem for me.  I do hope you are able to make  
> the Encore performance.  Incredibly, I had never heard of (or probably not paid attention  
> to) these Encore performances, so I went ahead and bought a ticket for Wednesday as  
> well. 
>  
> Many thanks also to Sue Harrison for her reply.  Since the Encore performance is  
> scheduled for most people’s dinner hour, I hope I will not have to endure a repeat of what  
> happened to me when I saw “Nabucco” at the Baltimore Opera in the early 1990s.  The  
> two women seated on my left had actually smuggled their dinner into the Lyric Theater in  
> a couple of large leather bags  — this was in the halcyon days when you could go  
> anywhere without being searched — and as soon as the house lights went out and the  
> music began, they pulled out bags of southern fried chicken, coleslaw, potato chips, all  
> the noisiest foods you could imagine, and chowed down.  The noises, the smells, it was  
> awful, argghhhh ! 
>  
> When at intermission I complained to the Head Usher, instead of expelling these women  
> who had violated every house rule, they moved me —*me!* — to an inferior seat and  
> made no attempt whatsoever to admonish those women.  I never returned to the  
> Baltimore Opera again. 
>  
> What is it with “Nabucco” and food ??? 
>  
> Back to today’s performance, I completely agree with Bob Rideout that Plácido Domingo  
> is not a Verdi baritone, and I was prepared on Dec. 19 to dislike his performance, but  
> both on Dec. 19 and today I was moved to tears by the energy and sheer humanity  
> radiating from his performance and by the way he poured out his soul and his guts.  Yes,  
> he gave it his all, and while a true Verdi baritone could have given a “better” vocal  
> performance, the “totality” of the performance was amazing, especially for a man of 75.   
> Maybe it was an ego trip for him -- ¿ quién sabe ? -- but I can deal with more ego trips of  
> the same kind. 
>  
> Paul Ferraro, I think it was, noted correctly that Belosselskiy’s top was strained and his  
> bottom gargled.  I noticed this too, but it only happened, if I recall correctly, a couple of  
> times, but I also heard some lovely notes out of him, and none of the above prevented  
> me from having a *great time* because there was so much more in today’s matinée that  
> was wonderful (except for the rugelach or whatever). 
>  
> Cheers and all the best,  
>  
> Alain 
>  
> Alain Letort 
> Washington, D.C. 
>  
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