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Subject: Brava Anita La Rach!
From: Scott Grunow <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sun, 4 Feb 2018 17:32:54 -0500

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The broadcast: What a treat for a mezzomaniac like myself.

And regarding her open chest voice during the broadcast yesterday, Cloe Elmo, eat your heart out!

She is a true mezzo, not s mezzo wanna be who would probably have been a soprano in yesteryear.

I noticed she kept the middle colorful and flexible. She is not a powerhouse like Zajick or Stignani, but when the top isn't tight, I could sense the power up there. 

Overall, the make up of the voice reminded me of Miriam Pirazzini: broad and chesty when needed below, tightening at the top. 

I like the lower middle, often a danger spot for mezzos of her make up. I would love to hear  her do Dalila. 

But most of all, she is an intelligent, sensitive singer who sings on the words. Stride la vampa was haunting, the latter part of the duet with Manrico alternately frightening and tender, and the scene with the Count, though I thought at times it needed a bit more Barbieri-like oomph, exciting, because she sang with an awareness of rhythm and the words.

Yes, she is a Verdian mezzo, though I do think Eboli would be high for her (well, it is, and it is really a soprano falcon role).

Brava, Anita!


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