In response to readers’ requests, here’s the 2009-2010 Met Sirius/XM broadcast schedule, in printable form.
sadly Dessi only gets one Tosca broadcast and Hong does not get a broadcast of her lovely Violetta
thank you so much for this schedule.
A bit of a thread highjack, but who exactly is this Gagnidze guy? You figure that for the prima and the HD broadcast, they’d go for a more famous replacement. I know he made his debut as Rigoletto last year, but what was the general opinion on the guy?
But who would be a more famous replacement for Terfel than Gagnidze these days? The ranks of Italian-style baritones are exceedingly thin…
Baritenor @ 3 -- Presumably because the more famous Scarpias are engaged at other theaters or giving concerts, and they value their relationships with those houses enought that they’re not going to walk out on them, just because the Met needs a Scarpia.
Indiana, especially on the short or shortish notice provided by Uusitalo’s illness or “illness?” It seems to me that there was a lot of criticism here and elsewhere in previous seasons that a star canceled and the cover artist was not sent on — and grumbling about the expense of flying in stars to jump into a performance or two. Now a performer has canceled, the cover is put into place, and there’s grumbling because Gagnidze is not a big enough star.
La Cieca’s sources tell her that there was some negotiation with Terfel but apparently because he was not able to commit to enough performances (presumably through the HD telecast) the deal fell through. Feelers were definitely out for Scarpias, but it may well be that Gagnidze is the best available artist under the conditions.
The proof, of course, is opening night.
Just a note, Cieca, that name or no name, Gagnidze is a strong convincing Scarpia. Despite struggling with the staging and not having developed a rapport with his colleagues yet, he delivered vocally and dramatically. Gagnidze has the look of a corrupt Roman emperor and the voice is bright and thrusting. He isn’t the problem here.
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