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Cher public dell’abisso affrettati!

ulricaLa Cieca (not pictured) invites you, her group mind, to help her sort out the following conundrum.

Our situation thus far at the Met revival of Traviata — as it has been passed along to La Cieca bit by rumored bit –goes something like this:

  • Leonard Slatkin showed up for rehearsals not, let us say, entirely conversant with the score;
  • Which mightily pissed off Angela Gheorghiu (Violetta) and Thomas Hampson (Germont);
  • Who, whatever you may think about one or the other of them, do know their Traviata pretty well, and are not known for reticence in expressing their opinions;
  • And whereas, at Wednesday’s rehearsal of the Verdi, La Gheorghiu was not anywhere to be seen;
  • And so Hye-Kyung Hong sang the rehearsal;
  • And, furthermore, so a source near the Met tells La Cieca, Gheorghiu has protested Slatkin.

So, cher public, La Cieca asks what will happen Monday night?  (Please note that you may enter more than one answer!)

134 comments

  • Regina delle fate says:

    Rutterama -- if she were singing at the all of the world’s great opera houses (she isn’t even singing much with any of the UK’s five leading companies) one might conceivably understand the Vicar’s sarcasm. Monty and Armer are absolutely right -- she is a serviceable ‘house’ soprano who might fill the Lorna Haywood or Ava June slot if ENO had a genuine company of the kind they did when those ladies (and the young Anne Evans, Josephine Barstow, Valerie Masterson etc) were members of the resident ensemble. Rutter is a hugely useful soprano, particularly in the Italian repertoire, for British companiesw who can’t afford international stars.Early in her career she was a fine Donna Anna, Elettra and Violetta for Scottish Opera, where she established her reputation. She has sung Tosca, Donna Anna and Amelia (Ballo)at ENO, but nowadays she appears to be only on Grange Park Opera, where she sang a creditable Norma and she is returning as Tosca this year. By the time she sang Alice at Santa Fe, I suspect her voice might have been too unwieldy for the role and she is not really a sparkling actress which I would have thought one of the pre-requisites. The way people go on here, you would think Santa Fe is America’s answer to Salzburg -- okay Susan Graham and Joyce Didonato occasionally sing there, but that doesn’t make it the American Salzburg. I’ve heard several third-rate Americans there who have gone on to sing with our provincial companies and ENO. You have to endure Clare Rutter’s Alice, we have to suffer Anna Christie’s singing-razor-blade Lucia. You win some you lose some in this globalised world of opera.

  • bassoprano says:

    Listening to the broadcast of the first performance, it is obvious Slatkin does not know how to conduct Traviata. He is messing up Hampson, Gheorghiu and the orchestra in equal measure. Hampson had to repeat a word, the orchestra was so far off. If the Met orchestra is falling apart in La Traviata, it HAS to be the conductor.

  • rapt says:

    Bassoprano,that’s the feeling I have. Slatkin seems unable either to follow effectively or, alternatively, to assert himself. Gheorghiu and Hampson don’t really seem that eccentric in their pacing. It does feel as if they’re being left alone--and then undermined--by the conductor. I’m not going to stay up for the curtain calls, but I do wonder how Slatkin will be received.

  • bassoprano says:

    I can’t really imagine Ms. Gheorghiu having to bring him out for a bow. She should send the Annina to do it.