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Subject: Re: Met Gala
From: Mike Hetsko <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mike Hetsko <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 8 May 2017 08:52:23 -0400
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Btw, Dimitri got off an elevator in the orchestra lobby area during intermission.  Someone must have pushed a wrong button   He got off and mingled for a very few seconds in the packed space.   Got on another elevator and was whisked away.  


~Mike Hetsko
 
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> On May 8, 2017, at 8:35 AM, Idia Legray <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> It started out as though (at least to me over the airwaves), everyone was 
> rushing as if as if there were a fire and they had to get out fast. 
> (Beczala/Calleja, Opolais, etc.). It was stand and deliver. Nothing was 
> nuanced, so it seemed, like maybe they were directed to get in there, sing 
> it, and leave. 
> Then suddenly it began to warm up around Netrebko time and she was fine.
> Highlight for me was the Handel Cornelia and Sesto duet with Blythe and 
> Daniels.
> Kudos to Damrau who went for the high note in "Sempre libera" even 
> though it wasn't quite perfect -- but so what!  She tried it and for that I 
> give her a brava.
> Grigolo was a strange mix for me. His "ah levee toi soleil" was done 
> beautifully but I felt his "e lucevan le stelle" was a strange rendering -- 
> slow and unusual -- not in a good way.
> The Meade/Fabiano "I Lombardi" was a success but why was that all he 
> was given to do?  Nothing on his own?  He must have been seething 
> inwardly.
> It was fun counting the 9 highs of Camarena's "ah mes amis".
> If I had to pick one who delighted me most, I'd have to say Joyce di 
> Donato. What a charmer.
> But the cap of the evening, which brought instant tears of joy to me, was 
> the showing of Hvorostovsky -- and I didn't give a hoot whether 
> his "Cortigiani" was perfect or not. What an exciting moment.
> This opera nutcase was very fulfilled with more than 5 hours of pure joy.
> Bravi tutti.
> 
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