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Subject: Re: ROBERTO ET ANGELA (Met, 3/16)
From: BicheSpice <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BicheSpice <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 17 Mar 1998 09:48:32 EST

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Miss Spice also attended and yelled "Bravo!" ... for conductor de Billy.  He
had an excellent command of the score.  Hopefully we will see much more of him
(and much less of Ms. Young) in the future.  Sadly this was the only "Bravo!"
of the evening.  How the Spice Girl envies the poster who had Futral and
Giordani with this Maestro in Washington!  Now THAT must have been a ROMEO

We, on the other hand, had ROBERTO ET ANGELA.  The tenor has a lovely voice
... when he sings pianissimo.  It is a beautiful, creamy, in tune sound.  When
he sings in anything approaching forte, he goes sharp.  He looks quite
handsome in this role.  Miss Spice was surprised at how small in stature he
actually is, however.

Angela is probably the most beautiful "diva" to set foot onto the Met stage in
some time.  Miss Spice was reminded of a film star.  Quite a beautiful woman.
But then she opened her mouth and sang consistently flat all evening (which
made for a lot of interest in the duets because Roberto sang sharp and Angela
sang flat).  For Miss B's money, she barely got through the "poison" aria
(interestingly, the Spice Girl heard this aria performed in a recital over the
summer and the up-and-coming soprano who performed it - not Miss Spice, by the
way - did a much better rendition than was heard at the Met last night), it
was all over the place.  The tepid applause that followed was probably the
most lackluster Miss Spice has heard a major "star" receive at the Met in some

Roberto et Angela together as Gounod's and Shakespeare's lovers were
suprisingly passionless.  The nuzzling and groping, apart (and that doesn't
spell passion, boys and girls, Miss Spice KNOWS).  Roberto got some "titters"
of laughter from the audience by continually trying to grope Angela during the
"wedding" scene, causing the Friar to separate them (indeed, one time he
pulled Roberto's hair!).  But at no time did you feel this was "amour."

Miss Spice is sad to report that she misplaced her program (she thinks her
"date" absconded with it) but had very positive feelings about the Stephano
(who should try Nicklausse, if she has not already), Tybalt, and Mercutio.
They were quite good.  The Spice Girl also loved Juliette's Nurse.  The
physical production needs to be replaced.  It looks quite tacky.  A basic unit
set which reminded Miss Spice of photos she has seen of the original
production of CAMELOT with odd touches (a framework cathedral, a bed for
Juliette) placed centre for the different scenes.

All in all, not a wonderful evening at the Met.

Miss Bitchy Spice

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