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Subject: Re: Vote for Vogt
From: Paul Ricchi <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Paul Ricchi <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 12 Aug 2018 22:27:05 -0400
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I suppose that generally accepted  “good looks” criteria’s are convenient
if a singers voice and art are substandard. They might even deceive someone
into thinking they witnessed a good performance.

But then again, will someone define “good looks”?

Thanks

On Sun, Aug 12, 2018 at 9:59 PM donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Good looks are always an advantage, but when they are absent, and the
> singer has everything else, I can still be satisfied, as I was in the
> OTELLO
> and TANNHAUSER I heard/saw with Johann Botha.   That said, I am gratified
> whenever Opera-Ls heavy hitters come to the defense of someone like Vogt
> whom I happened to like in his Met performances.  Wasn't he well received
> when he took over for a scheduled Lohengrin who called in sick?
>
> That said, I wonder if I am alone in having heard my first complete LUISA
> MILLER today, via PBS.   It began well with one of Verdi's better
> overtures, and
> I thought the plot was intriguing, the characters believable, and, with the
> gold
> curtain in place and working, I was all set for a revelation.  I should
> have known
> better. In his very next work, RIGOLETTO, Verdi pulled out all the melodic
> stops which he had not touched in this one.  There's one great number for
> the
> tenor, but for the remaining two hours everybody has to work very hard
> trying
> to bring a musical blue print to life.  For most of the last act, one of
> Schillers, or
> Cammarano's,  or Verdi's worst set ups, a cup of poison, no less!, -  I was
> longing
> for the final close of that gorgeous curtain.
>
> dtmk
>
>
>
> On Sun, Aug 12, 2018 at 3:54 PM, Ariane Csonka <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > Call me shallow, but I do think it helps when a singer looks the part.
> > One forgives a lot of shortcomings (pun intended) when a voice like that
> of
> > Peerce or Tucker pours out, but it was thrilling that, say, Jay Hunter
> > Morris was a visually convincing Siegfried.  And Klaus Florian Vogt can
> > join my Round Table any day.
> >
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