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Subject: FW: Rigoletto - among my favourite operas
From: Clarissa Cheer <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Clarissa Cheer <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 6 Feb 2017 16:56:25 -0500
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> From: Clarissa Cheer <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Sun, 05 Feb 2017 19:31:21 -0500
> To: Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
> Conversation: Rigoletto - among my favourite operas
> Subject: Re: Rigoletto - among my favourite operas
> 
> Dear Paul, there are only a few operas that stay firmly with me over the
> years. Rigoletto is one of them. I don't even like to see or listen to my
> favourites often, because I fear I will get tired of them. I treasure a good
> production in my mind and settle for that.
> 
> I think Renato Bruson set a pretty high standard, he sang Rigoletto from 1970
> to 1985 all over Europe, he was a great Verdi interpreter- a great actor too,
> his Macbeth was one of his finest roles and Simon Boccanegra.
> 
> Cheers 
> 
> Clarissa Lablache
> 
>> From: Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
>> Reply-To: Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
>> Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2017 18:35:50 -0500
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Re: Rigoletto - among my favorite operas
>> 
>> Bob - You are being most charitable!  If this was their "best", God help us
>> on a "bad" night.
>> 
>> Lucic showed no emotion during the short musical show of desperation after
>> Gilda's abduction to the "ah la maledizion" at the end of the act, & became
>> more & more tired, forced & hoarse as the afternoon wore on.  The "si
>> vendetta" duet was a disaster, IMO. Unless he was ill, he "cheated" us out
>> of  every traditional high note in Rigoletto's music.
>> 
>> After the shipwreck, I indulged in my personal "calmative" by playing what I
>> believe was Leonard Warren's last Met Rigoletto - the 1959 broadcast with
>> Fernandi & Roberta Peters - it proved to be a "cure" for the sloppy mess
>> that we heard today.  I attended that performance & even as a teen, I
>> understood that we were being treated to something very special by Leonard
>> Warren's vocal majesty, his interpretation & his incredible superhuman vocal
>> strength.
>> 
>> After his passing, there have been a few very decent interpreters of the
>> role: Louis Quiico, Leo Nucci, Peter Glossop, Kostas Paskalis, all of whom I
>> appreciated greatly, but for me, Warren set the standard.
>> 
>> Regards,
>> 
>> DonPaolo
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Bob Rideout
>> Sent: Saturday, February 4, 2017 5:53 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Rigoletto - among my favorite operas
>> 
>> from the Met, as heard on WQXR today..
>> 
>> I do love the opera, and I remain convinced that it, among a large
>> number of other operas, cannot be ruined in performance, and so
>> it was today.
>> 
>> The performance was not a disaster, but it was not very good. For
>> starters, all three pricipals ducked crucial top notes, and though not
>> all were "come scritto", all are pretty solidified in tradition.
>> 
>> Sorry, Volkova, Costello and Lucic were not much better than ordinary,
>> and at times they were less than that. Lucic impressed me early, but in the
>> last two acts, he was a lesson in how not to sing in tune, and his top
>> register was a mess. The others were variable, but, to be clear, they did
>> not wreck the performance. Every time I thought it would derail, the music
>> saved the day, and the. singers got back on track.
>> 
>> They did their best, I guess. Morandi conducted well, I thought. The choral
>> passages are among the greatest things about Rigoletto, and they came off
>> very well.
>> 
>> It is a very great opera! I was happy enough!
>> 
>> Bob
>> 
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