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Subject: prescient Re: Hampson as Germont Pere
From: Leslie Barcza <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Leslie Barcza <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:04:52 -0400

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As I was reading some fascinating remarks about the Met's Moses und Aron, I stumbled 
upon this gem from roughly 18 years ago.  YES i am quoting something from 1999 
concerning Hampson as a possible Germont.  I listened to a few bizarre moments from 
Act II.  

Thank you again Mr Jorden, across the centuries.

  Leslie Barcza in Toronto 

On Sat, 6 Mar 1999 20:46:08 -0500, james jorden <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Singing an aria and singing a role are two very different things.  *I* can sing
>a pretty decent "Io son l'umile ancella" but no one is hiring me to do a
>complete ADRIANA. (I tell them, get Soviero, she looks better in the costumes
>than I do anyway.)
>The Proms Concerts telecast is, of course, miked.  The engineers can make even
>so minimal a voice as Hampson's sound full and rich -- as some of you may have
>noticed from the Met broadcasts, which often only coincidentally sound anything
>like the performances on which they are based.
>My predictions about Hampson's Germont are based on my hearing his performances
>of PURITANI, DON CARLOS and WERTHER in recent seasons at the Met.  His singing
>in these performances ranged (IMO) from mediocre to embarassing, in more or less
>that order.
>And then there's the prospect of Papa Germont strolling into Violetta's country
>house with that "Hey, dig me, I'm a chick magnet" body language of his...
>Marc Shepherd wrote:
>> It seems to me that he will make a fine Germont Pere at the Met.
> --
>james jorden
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>"Gay people not only keep opera going,
> they keep plays about opera going."
>                    ---  Bette Midler

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