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Subject: Re: Rusalka from the Met today
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:13:09 -0500
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Not to mention a somewhat long in the tooth Zinka Milanov, who
sang the aria with a repose and beauty of tone that were breathtaking.

When you have known hers, Benackova's or Fleming's, you just can't
accept Opolais as a "contendah", or even adequate.

Bob

On Saturday, February 25, 2017, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Wasn't Dvorak heavily influenced by the two leading composers of his
> time: Brahms and Wagner?  He should have stuck with Brahms.
>
> Actually, he did stick with Brahms as far as his most enduring music
> reveals: the symphonies, concerti and numerous examples of splendid
> chamber music, as well as - like Brahms - some fine choral works and
> lieder.
>
> The first time I ever heard what I think was then called "Song to the Moon"
> was on a 45rpm by German soprano Elfriede Troetschel.  It suited her, or
> she suited it, so well, that I still enjoy it.
>
> dtmk
>
> On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 5:35 PM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:
>
>> as heard on WQXR.
>>
>> When i attended a performance with Renee Fleming in 1997?, i
>> left after one act. She was fine; the opera was the problem.
>>
>> So, I was very interested to see how I'd feel about it after
>> about 20 years. Nothing has changed, but, since I was home,
>> I pretty much stuck with it.
>>
>> There may be 45 minutes of good music, though I really
>> think that's a stretch. There are very good reasons why some
>> operas appear every couple of years, while others are given
>> every decade or two.
>>
>> I'm mainly writing this note to praise Brandon Jovanovich, who I
>> thought, was superb. It is a beautiful voice that invariably lands in
>> the center of the tone. He was very impressive!
>>
>> Jamie Barton was fine, but Kristine Opolais was not. It's not easy
>> to destroy the magic of the "Hymn to the Moon" but she managed
>> to make it sound labored, sometimes unsteady, often out of tune,
>> and kind of ugly. That's not an easy thing to do.
>>
>> To end it, mercifully, I guess, it was worth it for Jovanovich, and, to
>> a lesser extent, Barton. And then there were none...
>>
>> Bob
>>
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