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Subject: Re: 2nd cast Norma
From: Maria Wolansky <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:25:31 -0500
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My husband and I just exited the MET and I can tell you that Meade never sounded better. Great ensemble with Barton and Calleja. Lovely performance. 

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> On Dec 16, 2017, at 4:17 PM, Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Sorry Idia, I just can't agree.  Meade sounds like a voice in extremis -
> sad for such a young artist.  The massive vibrato turns everything into one
> large trill and high notes are lunged at then quickly dropped - aside from
> a sweet spot in the middle the voice seems thin and attenuated.  I can't
> imagine she's going to be able to get through this role much longer.
> Hopefully she will sing "Semiramide" a la Colbran (lower keys) rather than
> a la Sutherland.  Audience response seems very tepid - if I paid top dollar
> for this I would be thinking - Oh well - Win some / lose some...
> 
>> On Sat, Dec 16, 2017 at 2:47 PM, Idia Legray <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> How neat it is to belong to an opera forum where there are so many
>> formidable posters that I cannot begin to match them.
>> And in some ways, believe it or not, I end up a winner, because I am so
>> enthralled with this Norma with Meade (a singer whose voice doesn't
>> normally warm me with her "cool" temperament) that I am pleasantly
>> surprised because she certainly sounds gorgeous to me over the airwaves,
>> with a lack of any heard wobbles as reported previously on this website.
>> The three principals (Meade/Calleja and Barton) are wonderful together
>> and the first act ending with the trio was superbly done.
>> 
>> Back to more delicious highs...
>> 
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