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Subject: Re: Slimming Costumes (was Re: Semaramide)
From: daaaac <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 5 Feb 2018 19:46:54 -0500
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Schwarzkopf wore very often a pale blue gown with a front panel in the shape of a V, supposedly to thin her down.

Donald

> On Feb 5, 2018, at 7:01 PM, Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Max,
> 
> Loved the Carol Vaness line - she of course had no need to sport "the
> rodent ."  Was there ever a more glamorous Vitellia?
> 
> The difference between Norman and Meade is that because of / despite her
> girth Norman possessed an innate sense of dignity - even majesty - that
> made her Didon  both mythic and human.  I will never forget her falling to
> the floor in the final scene of Troyens beating the stage with her fists
> looking and sounding like some totemic demigoddess.  One of the greatest
> performances in my experience.  Her Ariadne and Emilia Marty shared these
> qualities as well as her Elisabeth in Tannhauser, so moving as she passed
> through the pilgrims looking for her intended.
> 
> I've experienced Meade several times live in the theatre as well as in
> concert and to my ears  the vibrato or wobble now requires a "Through
> Traffic" warning sign. Dramatically, she was a complete cypher as Leonora
> in Trovatore, and as Elvira in Ernani, her only distinguishing feature
> being that omnipresent vibrato.  On stage, she looks and acts like Tracy
> Turnblad (the plus sized heroine of "Hairspray") in Fancy Dress - a far,
> far cry from what Norman, and even Caballe could bring to a role
> irrespective of their bulk.
> 
> As to Semiramide being a static role, I think it depends on the casting.
> My standard is a performance in Pesaro ('95) with an "on fire" Cecilia
> Gasdia lithe and sinuous in Bel Raggio and Lady Macbeth Lethal in the
> magnificent Act 2 duet with Assur.  There is more to this role (and opera)
> than vocalize.
> 
> Steve
> 
> 
> On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 5:42 PM, Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>> The kind of costume Caballe (and Jessye Norman) usually wore, was a dark
>> under-gown with
>> a slimmer lighter-colored panel down the front.  This minimized the girth
>> by darkening it, and
>> the eye was drawn to the more slender lighter panel.  I think it was Carol
>> Vaness who
>> referred to this kind of thing as a "skunk costume."
>> 
>> Another kind of slimming costume is a dark undergarment with a lighter
>> sleeveless over-
>> costume.  As I recall, Jessye Norman wore this kind of costume in
>> "Troyens" in '83-'84.
>> 
>> Semiramide is a static role with little movement, so I don't see that
>> Meade's size will be a
>> problem - if she sings it well.  I think Meade is a fine singer.  I can
>> understand how her
>> vibrato would not be to all tastes, but it is hardly a wobble.  I also
>> think that mics exaggerate
>> her vibrato to a degree I don't hear in person.  In any event, I am
>> looking forward to the
>> Semiramide.
>> 
>> MDW
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
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