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New flame

Elena Manistina will make her Met debut as Azucena in the Saturday, January 19 evening performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore, replacing Stephanie Blythe, who is [obviously] ill.

47 comments

  • Dolciamente Pipo says:

    I saw the Carmen and liked it a lot. The Card Scene was especially great…right in the sweet spot in her voice. I was not particularly bothered by her size at the time. She has always been a remarkably committed performer with a compelling presence onstage.
    Way way before that, I saw her sing Malcolm in La Donna Del Lago with OONY. It seemed pretty mezzo-ish to me, but maybe that counts as a contralto part. I recall her vocal agility was impressive. This performance really made me a fan.
    Also saw her in “L’Italiana” in Seattle and thought she was great…great comic presence, great agility and line.
    Then there was an Aida in Seattle (I’m hopeless at remembering dates) where she was easily the highlight of the production…again the higher mezzo reaches didn’t seem to be a problem at that time.
    I didn’t hear her recent Met Azucena, but did hear her in a radio broadcast from Lyric Opera of Chicago about 2 or 3 years ago and was shocked at the state of her voice in the role…ragged, out of tune, unable to sustain a line. Everything people are saying about her now. I remember at the time wondering if she was sick. She sounded like different singer. I’ve seen her sing well since then, mostly in Wagner, so maybe it’s just a role she took up too late and she just needs to retire from her rep.

  • grimoaldo says:

    To tie into another current thread, Blythe could sing Lady Blanche in Princess Ida, if anyone put on Princess Ida, if Blythe can still sing anything at all, that is.
    The Azucena was so excruciating that I would not be rushing back for her in anything else for a while.
    The “old ladies” in the G&S pieces are true contralto roles. Blythe has done Katisha, I know.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    The Kardashians are more interesting that this quy’s supposed talent.

  • Clita del Toro says:

    I had a ticket for the HD today, but was to lazy to go to the theater, so I am listening on the radio.

    • MontyNostry says:

      It makes decent listening, but I’m not exactly on the edge of my seat. Joyce has been going sharp at the top consistently.

  • Drelnis says:

    Heard Manistina last night, the voice just around the top of the staff is very appealing, the chest voice is of course nowhere near what Blythe could produce. Fell really flat on her high A, but it was overall not a scandalous performance.