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Subject: Re: Met Tosca in HD/Radio
From: Max Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 27 Jan 2018 16:19:33 -0800
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But, just listening, I heard a lot of squally, pushed singing from Yoncheva.

Max Paley

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> On Jan 27, 2018, at 15:51, Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> I was at the HD - one of the largest audiences at our Cinemark in Akron,
> Ohio. Some digital breakup at the beginning, but transmission fine from
> Sacristan through to the Jump.
> 
> If I were to characterize the performance I would call it the "Younger than
> Springtime" Tosca.  I think it caught Grigolo and Yoncheva at a moment in
> time for both of them when everything was in balance - Just enough bloom on
> voice and face to capture youth, but tempered by sufficient
> experience to give fully satisfying performances in these big, iconic
> roles.  Watching Yoncheva I felt she had all the temperament of a
> passionate Italian woman from her diction to her hand gestures - big and
> small.  Of course "Italianisms" are Grigolo's by nature and he galvanizes
> everything and everyone around him.  He created an extremely likable
> character from what can often be a "stock" tenor role - even if the lines
> between Vittorio and Mario were often blurred.  Perhaps that's the key to
> his success?  I will admit MC might be one size too big for VG - and hope
> that he doesn't make a habit of it, but would not be unhappy if he were
> announced with Nebs later in the season when I see it in house.  Those two
> would be spontaneous combustion.   Lucic knows his way around Scarpia and
> outside of Terfel the pickings are slim.
> 
> The production was modified Zefferelli with someone else's name on it...the
> net effect would have been the same had they brought the old one back.
> 
> On Sat, Jan 27, 2018 at 4:20 PM, G. Paul Padillo <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> 
>> I'm hoping everyone's at their local cineplex today experiencing the Met's
>> "Tosca" - since not a
>> peep has been seen yet here.
>> 
>> I listened to, and mostly enjoyed, the prima, but was mostly
>> underwhelmed.  Wow, was I NOT
>> expecting this performance to have caught Il sacro fuoco - but it was
>> thrilling and only got
>> better as the afternoon went on.
>> 
>> Maestro Villaume, who at the prima had some balance issues - led a
>> propulsive, theatrically
>> unhinged performance beautifully, whipping his cast and players into a
>> frenzy.  I merely
>> listened at home, but felt, as I rarely do - almost as though I were there
>> for all of it.
>> 
>> Great afternoon . . . bravo a tutti!
>> 
>> p.
>> 
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