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Subject: Re: OPERA-L Digest - 23 Feb 2018 to 24 Feb 2018 - Special issue (#2018-282)
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> On Feb 24, 2018, at 6:29 PM, OPERA-L automatic digest system <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> There are 8 messages totalling 538 lines in this issue.
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> Topics in this special issue:
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>  1. A tribute to Charles Anthony and Plinio Clabassi and much more
>  2. La Boheme as heard on WQXR today from the Met (6)
>  3. Aida from Stockholm
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> Date:    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:35:21 +0000
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> Subject: A tribute to Charles Anthony and Plinio Clabassi and much more
> 
> www.operanostalgia.be 's new issue is now on-line. The issue has=20
> tributes to Charles Anthony and Plinio Clabassi with rare recordings for=20
> the first-time ever available, especially the Clabassi recital. There's=20
> also an obituary of the Flemish-British bass Raimund Herincx who just=20
> died and a book review on OMIKE the Jewish cultural organisation during=20
> WWII Hungary illustrated by a video clip with again some rare recordings=20
> (and photos) by Hungarian singers.
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> Date:    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:38:42 +0000
> From:    Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: 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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> Date:    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:45:48 +0000
> From:    [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: La Boheme as heard on WQXR today from the Met
> 
> Bob,
> 
> I'm less happy than you with the whole thing, I stopped listening after=20
> the first act. Didn't like the singing at all of the two principal=20
> singers.
> Fabiano (couldn't even recognize his timbre) sounded indeed laboured the=20
> whole time, was taken aback by the many bravo's after che gelida. Gee he=20
> does have a huge fan base or were they applauding Puccini? He should=20
> take a lot of vocal rest and get back in shape or he's going down the=20
> rolando path.
> Ditto for Yoncheva  who imitates Callas's 'bottle' sound, not a good=20
> idea. The way she sounded on this b'cast and her Cd recital was=20
> 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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> Date:    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:13:20 -0500
> From:    RONALD MAGNUSON <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: La Boheme as heard on WQXR today from the Met
> 
> 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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> Date:    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:28:09 -0500
> From:    Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: La Boheme as heard on WQXR today from the Met
> 
> My reaction is somewhere in the middle. I admire both lead singers and was
> rooting for them, but Fabiano continues to have issues with top notes and
> his voice often sounded labored to my ears as well. Yoncheva's top was also
> sometimes uncomfortable to listen to. I suspect the technique could be
> Fabiano's issue and too many heavy roles for Yoncheva's lyric instrument
> lately (she was even Norma recently!). I do hope they both work out
> whatever problems they might have, which are not any major right now but
> can become quite soon, because both are super talented singers with quite
> resourceful and beautiful instruments. I don't understand why Musetta seems
> to be often reserved for Susanna Phillips for HD & radio broadcasts because
> I never found her singing to be beyond mediocre. Armiliato's conducting
> didn't work for me either. I can't say I was entirely disappointed and this
> afternoon had many enjoyable moments but it could have been much, much
> better. I stayed at home this afternoon and listened to the broadcast on
> radio. Maybe it all worked out better in HD.
> 
> Vesna
> 
> On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 5:13 PM, RONALD MAGNUSON <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> 
>> 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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> Date:    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:52:20 +0000
> From:    Andrew Moravcsik <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Aida from Stockholm
> 
> Anyone listening to the live Sveriges Radio AIDA from Stockholm? Uneven sin=
> ging by most of the cast, but 28-year old Christine Nilsson sings as fine a=
> n Aida as I have heard in decades.
> 
> Andy Moravcsik
> Princeton, NJ
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> Date:    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:26:33 -0500
> From:    Idia Legray <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: La Boheme as heard on WQXR today from the Met
> 
> I really don't wish to sound repetitive because Bob Rideout said most all=
> of=20
> it for me -- just better.
> 
> I am a Fabiano junky and that's why I chose this particular cast.  I also=
> =20
> look forward to his upcoming Edgardo in "Lucia" and, lucky me, I get to s=
> ee=20
> him next season in "Mefistofele" as well.
> So you can imagine my disappointment with his less than stellar "Che=20
> gelida..."
> I also am annoyed by tenors who decide to take the high note in "O soave=20=
> 
> fanciulla" along with the soprano.
> 
> During the intermission I waited with bated breath to find out whether or=
> =20
> not my ears needed a good cleansing.=20
> To my joy I discovered that "fabulous Fab" really put the pedal to the me=
> tal=20
> and the rest of the opera was simply beautiful with a cast that almost=20=
> 
> seemed like they were friends in real life -- they seemed that comfortabl=
> e=20=20
> and familiar with one another.
> 
> I must say that I have not heard any Callas-like sounds emanating from=20=
> 
> the throat of Yoncheva. I must make it my business to listen more closely=
> =20
> next time, but she certainly is tops in my book and should be around for =
> a=20
> long time if she nurses that stunning voice of hers.
> 
> It's a good thing my mate and I were securely armed with Kleenex because=20=
> 
> we sure needed it in the last act.
> A beautiful afternoon on a rainy day.
> 
> I do suggest that if anyone who heard it on the air today can get=20
> themselves to the Encore on Wednesday, do yourselves a favor and go.=20
> You won't be sorry.
> 
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> 
> Date:    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:29:02 -0500
> From:    Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: La Boheme as heard on WQXR today from the Met
> 
> I, too, am very concerned about Fabiano heading down the "Rolando=20
> Path".=C2=A0 The role of Faust in Boito's Mefistofele is not an easy one =
> &=20
> could prove detrimental to his vocal estate.=C2=A0 Unfortunately, there=20
> appears to be no teachers of the""Italian School" left alive - perhaps=20
> Martinucci, Cecchele, Scotto & Shicoff could help Mr. Fabiano, of whom I=20
> expected great things.
> 
> By The Way - was anyone else impressed by baritone Lucas Meachem/? / I=20
> just loved his "Scarpiaesque"=C2=A0 shout of "strega" in Act III & hopefu=
> lly,=20
> he might be headed for Verdi & not limited to Marcello, Valentin, & the=20
> like.
> 
> Paolo
> 
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