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Subject: Re: Hampson destroying Germont
From: Katalin Mitchell <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Katalin Mitchell <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:54:38 -0500
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Flat, shrill, and thin. I have heard her sing better so this may just be a bad day. But all in all, this was probably the worst Traviata performance I have ever heard, so sad that the MET is presenting itself to the world in such miserable condition.
Kati

> On Mar 11, 2017, at 3:40 PM, Peggy Houdek <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> And the Violetta keeps singing flat.  Aargh!
> 
> Peggy
> 
> (,,,) ^..^(,,,)
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> 
> 
>> On Mar 11, 2017, at 3:39 PM, daaaac <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> IMHO, it’s because of a number of factors: TH has a very convincing agent, he’s deluded in thinking he’s a Verdi baritone (do they exist anymore?), he’s hired because he merely knows the role, he signed the contract years ago and management is dumb as a sack of hair.
>> 
>> Donald
>>> On Mar 11, 2017, at 2:54 PM, A Katalin Mitchell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>>> Can someone please explain to me why Thomas Hampson is hired to sing Verdi Baritone roles at all, and even more lately? For me it is like chalk scratching on a blackboard. Never could stand his high baritone in roles he could not handle, but by now he is unbearable.
>>> 
>>> I am only listening, and it hurts more since I don’t have the visual distractions from the pain…
>>> 
>>> Kati
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