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at least her jewels are

Watching the Richard Tucker Gala just now, La Cieca is reminded to something she said to a companion after an early Diana Damrau Met performance (Ariadne, she thinks it was.)

What La Cieca said was, “Well, you can send all the others home, because we’ve found our Neely O’Hara!”

115 comments

  • Bill says:

    Eva Marton sang a riveting Kostelnicka in Budapest a couple of years ago. She was stupendous in every way though, it is true, the voice was a bit wobbly. Those from Vienna thought Marton equaled Rysanek in the part. Silja was also truly effective though with less voice than either Rysenek or Marton. Of course I also liked Moedl, Jurinac, Dvorakova, Hofffman, Randova and others in the part and Varnay was dramatically effective though (the times I saw her) with weaker high notes.

  • Drammy says:

    What’s all this [negativity!] about Damrau I hear? I have to admit I’m a biased rabid fan of both Damrau and DiDonato.

    RE Damrau: Personally, her new Mozart Donna disc just doesn’t sound as great as her Arie di Bravura. Elvira, for one, is just not the right rep for her voice.

    And yes she over-acts [see her Covent Garden Konigin der Nacht], but that’s typical in opera-houses isn’t it? Bigger is better for the benefit of people sitting on the balcony. On the TV it looks terrible and over-done, but she was probably appreciated by people in the hall itself.

    Though she still apparently has technical flaws [ I don't pretend to know anything about music ] she did a smashing good job as Lucia, or so I heard. Give the woman a break!

    RE the Tucker Gala: The Cosi fan tutte duet was magnificent. I didn’t very much like the Rosenkavalier one, but it was alright.

  • Drammy says:

    Addendum: Damrau’s Myrten [a collaboration with Ivan Paley] is often overlooked. Her Der Nussbaum is to die for.

  • armerjacquino says:

    Silja was a wonderful Kostelnicka in a televised Glyndebourne Jenufa with the glorious Roberta Alexander a few years back.

    Randova, on stage at CG was utterly electrifying, one of the greatest live performances I have ever seen, opposite lovely (whatever-happened-to)Ashley Putnam.

  • The Vicar of John Wakefield says:

    Tinsley is worth three Siljas!