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Subject: Re: La Boheme as heard on WQXR today from the Met
From: RONALD MAGNUSON <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:RONALD MAGNUSON <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:13:20 -0500
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I only heard the last two acts but I was likewise disappointed.  Not so much with the singers as with the conducting, which I found disjointed, labored and at times so slow that the phrasing died a slow death.  

  
> On February 24, 2018 at 4:45 PM [log in to unmask] wrote:
> 
> 
> Bob,
> 
> I'm less happy than you with the whole thing, I stopped listening after 
> the first act. Didn't like the singing at all of the two principal 
> singers.
> Fabiano (couldn't even recognize his timbre) sounded indeed laboured the 
> whole time, was taken aback by the many bravo's after che gelida. Gee he 
> does have a huge fan base or were they applauding Puccini? He should 
> take a lot of vocal rest and get back in shape or he's going down the 
> rolando path.
> Ditto for Yoncheva  who imitates Callas's 'bottle' sound, not a good 
> idea. The way she sounded on this b'cast and her Cd recital was 
> striking.
> There's is so much else to listen to I gave up after 'o soave'...
> 
> Rudi
> 
> ------ Origineel bericht ------
> Van: "Bob Rideout" <[log in to unmask]>
> Aan: [log in to unmask]
> Verzonden: 24/02/2018 22:38:42
> Onderwerp: La Boheme as heard on WQXR today from the Met
> 
> >Really brief!
> >
> >I love the opera beyond words; it's about as close to
> >perfection as this thing called Opera has ever offered.
> >Not a wasted moment.
> >
> >Fabiano should have transposed "Che gelida manina".
> >The top C was really labored. Outside of that miscalculation,
> >I enjoyed him a lot. But, he is pushing and I see "lotsa" trouble
> >down the road. It doesn't sound easy!
> >
> >Yoncheva is a very fine singer, maybe even a great one.
> >Don Paolo, I heard a lot of Callas again today, in the tone,
> >the phrasing and the colors. Her sense of dynamc shading
> >is often beyond just reminiscent. She is very special!
> >
> >Everyone was up to the task and I had a very good time. As one
> >of the singers noted in an intermission, it's the only Puccini
> >opera in which all the principals are pretty likable. And so it
> >was. But those intermissions...oy, oy, oy!
> >
> >Bob
> >
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