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Subject: Re: James Jorden on new Tosca at the Met
From: David H Spence <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:David H Spence <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 1 Jan 2018 16:10:38 -0500
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Luc Bondy's production of Tosca, might not have looked muddled or like a debacle had it not 
been for several factors: dramatically the miscasting of Marcelo Alvarez (how did Kaufmann 
get the part so right at both the Met and in Munich?), dramatically and musically the 
miscasting of Gagnidze as well, the Met and Peter Gelb themselves egging on an element of 
kitsch or two, whereas Munich knew better to leave well enough alone, and for opening night, 
the slovenly conducting of James Levine, then the completely listless, incompetent conducting 
of Joseph Colaneri preserved on dvd, though his recent conducting of Bellini's Norma was 
worse. Fix all this and there would've been no debacle at all. I cannot yet comment on 
Emmanuel Villaume, but had it been Graeme Jenkins from Dallas or Patrick Summers from 
here, the results could not have been any better than as depicted here.

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