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Subject: Re: Mefistofele (excerpts) from the Met today, as heard on WQXR
From: Godfrey Daniels <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Godfrey Daniels <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 1 Dec 2018 18:04:58 -0500

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I listened to the whole thing. I concur. Van Horn had some nice buzz toward the end - maybe 
not yet Pinza's burr, but nice. He really impressed me live in Chicago Troyens. The rest of the 
singers? Meh. I saw this cold when it was new in SF and it knocked me out. Since then, not 
so much.

On Sat, 1 Dec 2018 17:24:57 -0500, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Hello everybody
>I listened from the Prison Scene to the end. I had intended to hear
>the Prologue, too, which is a Wow, no matter how poorly sung, and I
>There is definitely an hour of good to great music in Mefistofele, and,
>outside of the Prologue, I think I heard all of it. Even some sections
>of the scenes I heard are hard to take, at least for me.But, there is
>some very impressive stuff
>The Singers
>Christian Van Horn is a very fine, maybe great singer, with range,
>musicality and depth of tone. I very much look forward to seeing
>how his career develops. I suspect greatness is in those cards.
>Angela Meade continues to disappoint me. Bad intonation, unpleasant
>entrances and exits from trills, too loud most of the time, and much
>too much "chest" all of the time. I've said this before; I'll never like
>her much.
>Michael Fabiano was in pretty good shape today. At times he shows
>strain. but then, a superb top above the staff will pop out. The voice
>is in better shape than a year ago, but red flags are still flying.
>Elena deserves better than Jennifer Check. She actually has among
>the most impressive music in the opera, and it will thrill when it
>receives the respect it deserves.
>An aside - I have no idea what that audience was responding to when
>they greeted Ms. Meade at the final curtain. They certainly did not agree
>with me, but then, that happens as often as not.
>The conducting sounded fine, though the chorus and orchestra were
>far from perfect, and the balances on the radio were not good.
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