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Subject: Re: Met and 'Possente amor'
From: Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:46:57 -0500
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It's Richard Leech, not Leach.

On Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 3:57 PM, Tom Frey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I think it depends on the prestige of the singer. They bent over backwards
> for Sutherland restoring all the traditional cuts in Lucia for her but not
> for someone like Roberta Peters. The florid aria for the tenor at the end
> of Barber of Seville was restore for singers like Blake and Florez but not
> for others even on recordings. If you listen to Daughter of the Regiment
> live taping with Pons, the tenor does not have the famous (now) nine high
> C's aria. Only singers with clout get their way.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: David Kubiak <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:44:48 -0500 (EST)
> Subject: Met and 'Possente amor'
>
> I was listening to a recent Sirius broadcast of an early 90's 'Rigoletto'
> with Richard Leach, who I must say sounded very good indeed -- gleaming
> forward sound and a voice that seemed to get happier the higher it went.
> Too bad he ending up pushing in roles he should have left alone and
> eventually got into trouble.  In any event, I was very surprised when the
> tenor cabaletta was cut, especially when several traditional cuts earlier
> in
> the opera had been restored.  I would have thought first that Leach would
> have been very happy to sing it, and second that the Met had by the 90's
> stopped the egregious slashing of important music, especially when, as at
> this place in 'Rigoletto', you leave in the introductory music to the
> cabaletta and then -- surprise -- the baritone sings.   What is the Met's
> history with this cut?  And in general, does the conductor have the last
> word on what stays and what goes?  Can a singer protest either way?  How
> are
> the orchestral parts kept clean enough to read with constant markings of a
> particular production's cuts?
>
> Thanks for ideas.
>
> David Kubiak
>
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