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Subject: Re: 2nd cast Norma
From: Henson Keys <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Henson Keys <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:07:16 -0600
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Agreed.  Meade sounded better to me than ever before.
Henson

On Sat, Dec 16, 2017 at 5:42 PM, Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Maybe it's my equipment, but I heard no vibrato from Meade & considered
> this performance among her very best, albeit her Norma is on a lighter,
> lyric scale than others.  Barton definitely ready to graduate into the
> great Verdi mezzo roles & I'd give anything to hear her in La Favorita,
> with Javier Camarena. Now, if only there were a great Italian baritone for
> Alfonso....
>
> Calleja improved to a tolerably decent level as the afternoon wore on
> after an embarrassing goatlike bleat in the first act aria.  I guess he
> never dared considered the high note at the end of the cabaletta.  Thought
> the bass sounded a lot like a younger Furlanetto - good for him (ducking
> after the rather rough treatment FF received here recently).
>
> Happy Politically Correct Season a Tutti!
>
> Paolo
>
>
> On 12/16/2017 4:17 PM, Stephen Charitan wrote:
>
>> 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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