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Subject: Re: Vote for Vogt
From: Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 12 Aug 2018 19:36:55 -0700
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And will someone else define what a “deceptive good performance” is?

Max Paley

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> On Aug 12, 2018, at 19:27, Paul Ricchi <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> 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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