Thanks to an international network of die-hard Gruberova fans, I
received a videtape of Donizetti's _Linda di Chamounix_, taped last year
in Zurich, today.
Edita Gruberova is simply astounding in the video! I was a bit
apprehensive, because a reliable source, himself Gruberova fan, attneded
one of her Zurich _Linda_ performances, in which she was in poor form.
I am happy to report that she was in excellent form on the night of
telecast. I was lucky enough to see her sing "O luce di quest'anima"
several times in Japan last year, but seeing her sing the whole role of
Linda in a staged performance is a sheer bliss! I don't think I am
guilty of pumpkinification of Gruberova. She is THAT fabulous! ;-)
Her Act 2 Mad Scene is spectacular in its intensity, technical mastery,
vocal brilliance, and expressivity.
So, will I receive a massive number of posts concerning Sharon Sweet's
Aida once we start receiving posts? Shudder!!!
(I am cross-posting this to the Dialogues List, so my apologies to those
who receive this twice.)
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
"We're here, we're queer, and we love opera!" (c) Didi 1993
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