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Subject: Re: Stephen Costello in Santa Fe
From: Ombrarecds <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:56:03 -0500
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Saw Costello in concert. His woeful countenance is how he looks most of the time. Worst stage deportment and posture I have ever seen.
As to the forte he does indeed bleat.
I cannot understand how he has any career. Nothing exceptional about the voice at all.

Patrick Byrne

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On Mar 16, 2017, at 4:26 PM, Nina Gettler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I have to disagree about Stephen Costello in Santa Fe. We thought he sounded fine as long as he wasn't singing forte. As soon as he got louder, I thought he began to bleat. But the main problem I had was that he was so obviously uncomfortable singing with Ailyn PĂ©rez. He could hardly bear to touch her. Every time he came near her, he would retreat. And no matter what was going on on stage, the expression on his face was always downcast. We nicknamed him "the tenor of the woeful countenance."
> 
> Nina Gettler
> Graz, Austria
> 
> 
> On 3/16/2017 6:47 AM, OPERA-L automatic digest system wrote:
>> Date:    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:23:21 -0400
>> From:    Idia Legray<[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Romeo et Juliette
>> 
>> Last evening I was treated to "the other cast" of R & J.
>> In the past I had not been a particular fan of Stephen Costello but I now=
>> =20
>> have to take back my words after seeing (and hearing) him in Santa Fe thi=
>> s=20
>> past summer with his ex-wife doing  R & J in which he easily outdid h=
>> er=20
>> and was a true surprise to me.=20=20
>> The other pleasant surprise was last evening.  His Romeo, once again, was=
>> =20
>> absolutely wonderful. He hit it out of the ballpark on all counts.  His v=
>> oice=20
>> has a particular affinity for the French language I think and his "Ah! le=
>> vee=20
>> toi" was spot on.  His high notes were secure and held long.  Bravo=20
>> Stephen!
>> This was my first time hearing Pretty Yende and I was looking forward to=20=
>> 
>> it.  She has a lovely soprano voice but I detected a slight "edge" (for l=
>> ack=20
>> of a better word) to it.  It didn't stop me from enjoying her performance=
>> =20
>> but I found her voice for Juliette to be a bit stronger than I picture th=
>> e=20
>> character to be.
>> The music of Gounod is mesmerizing to me.  The more I hear this opera=20
>> the more it gets inside my soul.
> 
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