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Subject: Re: Wow! To this we've come. No comment, no interest?
From: Miguel A De Virgilio <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Miguel A De Virgilio <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 6 Mar 2017 15:12:38 +0000

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Did anyone  notice an incipient bleat (wobble) In Grigolo's  delivery of the opening aria  "Je ne sais si je veille ...."  
That anomaly disappeared by the end of the aria. From then on he was outstanding. 
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From: Discussion of opera and related issues [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bob Rideout 
Sent: Sunday, March 05, 2017 2:53 PM 
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Subject: Wow! To this we've come. No comment, no interest? 
Werther from the Met yesterday, as heard on WQXR 
There was a time, even a few years ago, when a Met broadcast would garner a dozen, or so, comments on Opera-l 
I'll be very brief. 
Werther is not among my favorite operas, to put it mildly, but it does have some effective moments, which I believe were very well served yesterday. 
I thought that Isabel Leonard and Vittorio Grigolo were outstanding. 
She exhibits a voice with a vibrato that is sometimes a bit more than I like, but her range is wonderful, her tops magnificent, and her phrasing very sympathetic. 
He ducked one optional top that was a meal for Franco Corelli a generation ago, but he was, in every way, a much finer interpreter of the title role, both stylistically and vocally. 
Everyone in the cast, including the conductor, made the afternoon a very pleasant, at the least, musical experience. 
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