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CORRECTION: It seems that nasty curse has landed on La Cieca, too. Can you believe that your doyenne misheard the bit of gossip she relayed you a couple of hours ago? Yes, it does indeed appear Katarina Dalayman and Susan Foster are both too ill to sing the last Tristan of the season at the Met. However, it is Linda Watson (pictured), not Janice Baird (per as previous soupçon) who is en route to save the performance.

34 comments

  • heldentenor says:

    Yes Dalaymann seems to cancel more performances than she actually sings. She is just not making it in the dramatic soprano repertoire. For those who are interested here is a link to Linda Watson as Isolde in Los Angeles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYfdmN_qb4w. I find the voice problematic and she does have a lot of intonation problems.

  • Feldmarschallin says:

    with this horrible storm now in NY I wonder if Watson will be able to fly in. They should have just done something else. They have Seiffert and his horrible wife so they have a few things they could do like Fidelio, Ariadne or something else.

  • chanterelle says:

    Ok, size isn’t everything, but last night it was a real pleasure not to have to lean forward to hear the principals. Say what you will about beauty of tone, intonation, wobble — Watson has an Isolde instrument and was at times quite thrilling. There were also some quietly beautiful moments. The woman knows the part, has a developed concept of the character, and acted quite well if not at the level of Meier. In short, it was a much better evening than I expected. Watson may not be an Isolde for the ages but thank goodness we have her now.

  • jay says:

    I have heard Vilsmaiers first BRUNNHILDE(Valkyrie)in Germany in 2007 and her first Isolde in Tallinn/Estonia.. She touches the audience in acting and singing..she will do her first Kundry in Budapest..she will make her way….and Seattle was a big success for her first Chrysothemis..in some years she will be able to sing Elektra..in Toronto she did Sieglinde with a big success(for Pieczonka only once in 2004)The wonderful Richard Bradshaw loved her voice