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Subject: Re: Calleja's Polione Met 10/7/21
From: Robert Cohen <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Robert Cohen <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:43:11 -0400
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Funny by how much perception of a voice can differ. I was in the house for 
opening night, the 3rd October and for the HD. 

In these performances I was impressed by the sheer power and beauty of 
his voice and was quite flabbergasted when he took the written High C 
in "Meco al altar.." which is a devilishly difficult note on an I vowel. Many 
tenors I have heard live in this role leave this note out.  

If I had to nitpick it is true that on the first night the optional B flat 
crowning the cabaletta was a tad cloudy. However on the 3rd he sung it 
with clarion beauty and on the HD he decided not to sing it at all and sung 
the written A flat instead, much like Del Monaco does in the video below. I 
have no idea why he left it out as he sung a beautiful High C in Meco and 
he sung two interpolated B naturals with Sandra as the opera progressed. 
Perhaps he felt a momentary uncomfortableness in the throat? 

Meanwhile here is a video of Del Monaco not singing the B flat - not even 
the written one by Bellini on the word L' Empio- 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz-Er0c2ZU8

Here Del Monaco takes the B flat but omits the WRITTEN B flat Bellini 
writes  - 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=263sEWtKIbI 

Not comparing the two tenors of course but even a legendary great like Del 
Monaco, with perhaps a voice more ideal to Pollione than Callejjas, doesn't 
sound completely comfortable in a Cabaletta that to be completely honest, 
is no great shakes. 

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