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Subject: Re: Today's "Stars"
From: gordon young <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:gordon young <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 4 Oct 2017 15:01:43 -0500
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Mr. Padillo mentions  Christine Goerke has sung in Dallas but I can't
recall what she sang here. I know she has sung in Houston. I might be
having a senior moment. Remind me what she sang here.
Gordon

On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 1:44 PM, RAYMOND GOUIN <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> "Kardashians and Kanyes" -- How could  you forget to add vampires, zombies
> and werewolves to that list of television, internet and supermarket tabloid
> "personalities"?
>
> :)
>
> Best.
> Ray
>
> **
> >
> > On October 4, 2017 at 12:28 PM "G. Paul Padillo" <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> >
> > The word “star” is always fraught with multiple meanings.
> >
> > Opera was never really (at least in the past century) at the forefront
> of popular
> > entertainment, but whatever it was then, it certainly is not now.  Gone
> are the days when
> > an opera singer routinely made a news splash.  Instead, today we get
> Kardashians and
> > Kanyes.
> >
> > While this list has always (understandably) had a tendency toward being
> Metcentric, there
> > are other opera houses of note with many, if not necessarily all of
> them, doing far better
> > than Sybil’s Barn.
> >
> > Stars there may not always do as well at the Met – for whatever reasons
> for which I won’t
> > even venture a guess, though some will tell us these singers have “no
> star quality.”
> >
> > One of the hardest working ladies in opera is Christine Goerke.  Anyone
> who’s “friends” with
> > her on Facebook or other social media can attest this woman manages a
> herculean feat of
> > balancing home, family and stardom.  “Star,” you say?, Yup.  While she
> lives near the Met,
> > but seldom sings there, elsewhere - Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle,
> Chicago, Canada,
> > London  . .  . she sells out houses and has fans cheering her to the
> rafters.
> >
> > More than half the opera fan friends I have in the U.S. have never heard
> the name of –
> > much less the voice of – Anna Caterina Antonacci, who fills halls and
> houses throughout
> > Europe and has a following that is almost cultish.
> >
> > Canadian soprano/conductor Barbara Hannigan is one of the planet’s most
> incandescent,
> > unique stars, specializing in difficult (and for some, difficult to
> love) music.  Her Lulu is one
> > of the most enthralling portrayals of the Bergian bad girl one is likely
> to encounter.  While
> > her name in Europe means “Sold Out” – she rarely is heard Stateside, but
> (lucky us) she
> > embarks on a short U.S. recital tour (on my birthday in Washington, DC –
> dammit).  Next
> > week she’s part of the New York Film Festival, before giving the U.S.
> premiere of Salvatore
> > Sciarrino’s “La nuova Euridice seconda Rilke” at Carnegie Hall, Antonio
> Papanno conducting.
> >
> > Anja Harteros is a major star throughout Europe and a particularly sad
> absence on these
> > shores.  Every performance I’ve been fortunate to hear her in created a
> “forever” memory.
> > She was the one soprano who actually seemed to own Violetta in that
> last, garish,
> > overblown Zeffirelli confection.
> >
> > Cecilia Bartoli:  See “Harteros”
> >
> > Though routinely reviled on this list, Patricia Racette has one of the
> most challenging
> > repertoires of any soprano working today, embracing more 20th and 21st
> century roles than
> > any given handful of divas combined.  She’s been “composer approved” for
> a number of
> > world premieres, enjoys a successful "cabaret career" has appeared in
> several musicals, and
> > in an ever expanding role base, including recent additions of Katerina
> Ismailova, Marie
> > Antoinette, Elle, Minnie and Salome (everywhere) tosses Menotti’s Magda
> Sorel (“The
> > Consul”) and Weill’s Anna Maurant (“Street Scene”) into the party mix,
> not to mention as
> > makes her directorial debut in a new “Traviata.”
> >
> > Others who enjoy great successes at (but more frequently away from) the
> Met include:
> > Elina Garanca, Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside, René Pape,
> Gerald Finley,
> > Lawrence Brownlee, Vittorio Grigolo, Michael Fabiano, Charles
> Castronovo, Thomas
> > Hampson, Ailyn Pérez, Pretty Yende, Piotr Beczala, Joseph Calleja,
> Aleksandra Kurzak, Peter
> > Mattei, Luca Pisaroni, Jarmila Novotná . . .
> >
> > Honestly, we’re blessed to live in an era where there are so many fine
> singers who, while
> > perhaps not possessing the unique stamp or level of fame as their
> predecessors, are,
> > nonetheless offering night after night of wonderful performances making
> audiences the
> > world over happy to have a ticket - and/or at the very least, internet
> access to thousands of
> > those performances.
> >
> > p.
> >
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