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Re: SYNTHETIC MOZART - IDOMENEO FROM THE MET OPERA

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David H Spence <[log in to unmask]>

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David H Spence <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:16:33 -0400

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Pardon a little minor redundancy here - for sake of emphasis, I suppose. A
few more comments:

I so badly wanted to see Idomeneo from the Met this season, but with one to
include some shape to it, some vocal color and expression, something to
sustain it to be of both real and palpable musical and dramatic interest.
Sierra's intonation in 'Zeffiretti lusinghieri' - her voice was too bright
for this part? - grew sour before all was said and done. If anything, her
voice to me sounded unnaturally dark for Ilia. Who remembers how very lovely
Ileana Cotrubas, both in countenance and vocal expression, cast alongside
von Stade, Behrens, Pavarotti, was on this aria and for the entire part of
Ilia?
John Alexander and Timothy Jenkins, as an aside here, offered very
sound, solid competence as Arbace and il gran Sacerdote, in place of their
very throaty modern-day counterparts this past week. The Met chorus in 1982,
for once, sounded altogether much more like they were all of one piece too then.

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