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Subject: Re: Some comments on Krassimira Stoyanova in Aida
From: Ximena Sepulveda <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Ximena Sepulveda <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 15 Apr 2017 16:46:52 -0400
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I feel the same way.   Very disappointing at the beginning and a dreadful O
Patria mia.  She couldn't hold the notes and had to breathe before hitting
the high C.  That is a big no-no.  Afterwards she sounded beautiful.

On Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 4:42 PM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> from the Met today, as heard on WQXR.
>
> She is among my favorite singers from this generation, and I
> very much looked forward to this performance, though I
> planned to, and in fact did, hear only Acts 3 and 4.
>
> "O patria mia" was extremely disappointing, from choppy
> phrasing, to alternations of sharp and flat singing, to failed
> attempts at sustaining the long line. The top C was ok, but
> far from ideal. It was all kind of a mess, and I was really surprisd
>
> Once past that formidable failure, she sang magnificently,
> encompassing both the dramatic demands of the Amonasro duet
> and the lyricism of the Radames duet. She defined her dilemma and
> its music nearly perfectly and the Tomb Scene was a model of
> control and repose.
>
> As I reflect on the great aria, so poorly executed, I can only conclude
> that it was a giant case of nerves, because the rest was at a level
> almost never heard these days and not too often matched in days of
> yore. The phrasing, usually her strength, was really unfortunate.
>
> I'm sorry now that I couldn't hear the first two acts, if only out of
> curiosity. Hoping to read some other comments
>
> Bob
>
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