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Soprano Kristin Lewis will sing the role of Maddalena in Opera Orchestra of New York’s presentation of Andrea Chenier on January 6.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor



    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      I predict that she will not sing in this performance of Chenier. Time will tell.

      • Clita del Toro

        QPF I hope you are right--oy!

        • Clita del Toro

          That Requiem bit is amateurish and ugly.

          • SilvestriWoman

            Was she sight-reading? She spent more time staring at the score than following the conductor, let alone connecting with what she was singing. I don’t say this to be mean, but I’ve heard far better performances by unknown soprani with small, regional orchestras.

    • Clita del Toro

      She is just awful and amateurish here. Another pretty face that can’t sing?

    • MontyNostry

      Something about Simone Kermes just makes me want to hit her.

      • manou

        Nice illustration of the French “Tête à gifles (or claques)”.

        • MontyNostry

          … and a voix et comportement à gifles too.

    • Well, I do not think she is awful, I do think she is pushed into rep that could damage her if she is not careful. I though what I heard from the Aida, including the high cd was pretty decent.

      What were the circumstances of the requiem? She is looking T the score a lot and looking at metha quite a lot too, was she a last minute sub?

      Lastly, who is the tenor who sings E lucevan and where do I send him a marriage proposal?

  • phoenix

    ‘Kristin Lewis will sing the role of Maddalena in Opera Orchestra of New York’s presentation of Andrea Chenier on January 6’
    -- Why?

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      Tremens factus sum ego et timeo,
      dum discussio venerit atque venture ira:
      quando coeli movendi sunt et terra

  • zinka

    AGAIN..Another soprano who cannot even mix CHEST on “Io tremo”…….Sad….

    • Would you back off for once? If you need to hear chest in everything I suggest you put Gencer recordings non stop. You should by now have enough, if not all. This is a young singer who is still trying to figure things out, how about you remember how it was for you and give her some room rather than already start the complaining?

      • zinka

        Geee.I thought this was a free country…Just because I used to date Lina Bruna Rasa..you do not have to be so mean!!!!!

        • It is a free country sweetheart. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from criticism when you speak out of your ass.

          And I stand by what i said, if you need to hear chest voice 100% of the time, you have Leila, and Fedora. This lady needs some room to figure things out, just like lots of singers who eventually turned to be fabulous enough to be remembered as part of the golden age.

  • zinka

    I have a friend who OVERUSES the term “She could be anyone.”….but this girl,despite a nice voice…..has no distinctive sound…..but still they come…..No SPECIAL sounds….see Gencer,Stella,Olivero,La Cieca…

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      Well everyone knows that Maddalena requires having your eyes glued to the score in performance.

    • RosinaLeckermaul

      Zinka, you are so right. On Saturday’s Opera Quiz, they played four versions of the end of “O Patria Mia” (Nillson, Arroyo, Milanov, Ponselle). Distinctive, immediately identifiable voices. They weren’t always perfect performances, but they were all interesting. I would argue that Radvanovsky fits into that category. She has her detractors, but it’s an immediately recognizable sound and she is a fully committed singer.
      The singers you mention (Gencer, Stella, Olivero) all had their detractors, but they were unique and always interesting (I know some found Stella dull. you had to be there.). I keep coming back to that word because so much of the singing one hears today is proper but dull. Despite all her virtues as a singer, I find Angela Meade dull. Interesting singers often have vocal flaws. But, as Ethan Mordden put it, they’re “demented.” I’d say eccentric. Interesting. Not just pretty. As the great Sondheim put it, “Pretty isn’t beautiful.”
      Sorry for doing what I sometimes complain about on this site — waxing nostalgic.

  • Okay, clicking through to YouTube explained the occasion and location and why Donald Runnicles was conducting that “O patria mia.” (White-haired dude with baton in left hand = the Donald).

  • manou

    There are also two newcomers in that *presentation* :

    Roberto Alasna

    Georee Petean

    (sic)

    • oedipe

      And all these people are singing in the American premiere of a new opera called Andrea Chdnier

      http://www.lincolncenter.org/load_screen.asp?screen=advanced_search_results&txtvenue=26&current_page=2

      • oedipe

        …with an encore on April 8, 2013, starring the ghost of Roberto Alagna (whose spritey self will, on that same date, be singing about “Little Italy” in Epernay, the capital of Champagne!)

        Curiouser and curiouser…

      • Quanto Painy Fakor

        Yes, Chdnier is the Yiddish version. What’s worse is that the link you have there lists the performance for April 8 and not Jan 6. “The Opera Orchestra of New York Presents Giordano: Andrea Chdnier and Alberto Veronesi Conductor / Learn More” WHAT A MESS!

        I hope OONY will receive a refund for any publicity services they have paid for in connection with advertising this event.

        • Quanto Painy Fakor

        • manou

          …not to mention an exciting new conductor in Eve Oueler.

          Glad to see that Disney and Jackie Evancho appear unscathed.

        • oedipe

          Mais non, mais non! There is a different link for the Andrea Chdnier performance on Jan.6, with Alberto Veronesi conducting (that one starring Roberto Alasna?):

          http://www.lincolncenter.org/search_results.asp

  • Bianca Castafiore

    Speaking of Alagna, when did he become the Radames designate for Berti?

    Well, at least Tanner got a few perf. in this run. Any reports on Hui He?

    • Clita del Toro

      Hui He has already sung Aida at the Met.

      • Bianca Castafiore

        Oh yes, Clitissima, I was wondering how she did…

        • Bianca Castafiore

          I meant last week. Didn’t she sing last week? She’s alternating with Monarstyka (are they each other’s cover?).

  • Bianca Castafiore

    OT: Montissimo, what were you saying in the other thread, that Carol is a predatory cougar? I am not up on the operatic gossip, please enlighten.

    • MontyNostry

      Hello, Bianca. I think she married a younger barman she met at Glyndebourne and was said to have had an affair with a famous (older) conductor she worked with there … As I understood it, she and Blochwitz were close too. That only brings the total to three, but I was told she was something of a dévoreuse. On the other hand, the person who told me that (now a manager of an important festival and a bit of a sacred cow) was the most terrible gossip and prone to exaggeration.

      • Bianca Castafiore

        Well, this was in the thread about Ildar and someone mentioned he was the ex-bf of a Carol… Was Ildar involved with Vaness before?

        Incidentally, I checked Blochwitz and he’s older than she, so no cougarism there.

        • MontyNostry

          No idea, I’m afraid. See what Olga has to say about it -- I’m sure she’s a pussycat.

      • Blanche Dévoreuse?

        • MontyNostry

          Dévoreuse velvet, perhaps.

          • manou

            In that case -- Rose Nylon.

    • Gualtier M

      Carol Vaness was involved over ten years ago with Charles Castronovo -- she even mentioned in an interview that she should understand the Marschallin since she had a much younger boyfriend. Castronovo has since married and had children with Ekaterina Siurina so that incident is far in the past.

      I was told that the English husband she was briefly married to in the early nineties was not only younger but also gay. She supposedly said when asked about that marriage “I knew I wasn’t going to have any children, so I married one”.

      No idea what Carol is up to today other than teaching.

  • Bluessweet

    Soprano Kristin Lewis, who has received some unfavorable (to say the least) comments here, should not be confused with Kristina Lewis, a first year resident artist at AVA and a mezzo. By the time she’s done there, four years hence, she may or may not be the next Joyce Dd but you can bet that she will at least be well trained. While I have been introduced, I have yet to hear her sing, so I can’t say more about her just yet.

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      Perhaps she should consider changing her name.

  • OpinionatedNeophyte

    *Cough*

    • oedipe

      According to operabase, she is free since mid November and will be free in January. Enough time to learn the whole part, if necessary.

    • Clita del Toro

      WE WANT LATONIA.

      • oedipe

        Send a petition to OONY!

    • Lyric-Tenore

      Yes yes Latonia quickly. I can get at least 35 other to sign quickly too lol. Yes sadly Kristin Lewis is a huge no sir not now . Looking at Latonia reminded me of when Indra Thomas burst onto the scene ….. Smh