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Subject: Chicago Classical Review: Even with Radvanovsky, Lyric Opera’s routine “Norma” fails to catch fire
From: Jay & Ralph <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jay & Ralph <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:39:31 -0500

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You both can not be correct, is this a case of 'Alternate Facts'?or some hear what they are paid to hearand some only what they want to hereregardless of what is actually performed.Having a recording of the broadcast, I side with Mr. Johnson.Some times as good as it getsis not good enough.

Chicago Classical Review
Even with Radvanovsky, Lyric Opera’s routine “Norma” fails to catch fire
Sun Jan 29, 2017 at 5:07 pm
By Lawrence A. Johnson

"With Sondra Radvanovsky taking on the title role of the Druid priestess, one expected to settle in for a great night of bel canto vocalism at Saturday’s opening performance. Instead this Norma was a hit-and-miss affair with fitful highlights by the soprano..."

"...Yet the soprano got off to a surprisingly shaky start Saturday. There were characteristic rapt pianissimos in her “Casta Diva” as well as a stunning descent on arpeggios at the end. But the long line of Norma’s famous incantatory plea to the Druid goddess was repeatedly broken up by extra breaths, with some errant intonation and jarring notes later on as well..."(to be fair Mr. Johnson does go on to praise the soprano's last act of the performance)

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Subject: Re: Norma, Lyric Opera 28 Feb. 2017
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:04:34 -0500

"Well, like Netrebko before her, it took a while for many to finally recognize 
the fine talent behind the quality of the instrument of "off-pitch", "ugly 
voiced" Sondra Radvanovsky.
Talent will out!
It feels so fulfilling to find another soprano who's got the goods to do a 
much wished for "Norma" to equal that of La Divina.
Brava Sondra."

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