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Broadcast: La Traviata

More merriment tonight, cher public, with another broadcast of La traviata to discuss. (Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

  • cielo e mar

    Another cut.

  • cielo e mar

    Fabiano’s high A is getting very raw.

    • grimoaldo2

      Personally I don’t mind if he gives it to me raw

      • cielo e mar

        Now, now.

      • Camille

        (snicker)

    • Camille

      He has been having trouble with that note in particular. I noticed it on Friday, too.

      Why did he (Luisotti) vary the tempo in Parigi o cara?

      • grimoaldo2

        Yes, he slowed waaaay down when she started to sing, very odd.

  • cielo e mar

    This Violetta doesn’t seem very near death.

  • grimoaldo2

    Also the final exclamations of the other characters cut, another silly “tradition” which I have never understood.

    • I like Violetta dying alone. I’ve always found the rest of the characters chiming in on the final chords kind of hokey.

      • Armerjacquino

        Me too.

  • Rowna Sutin

    Please yell for Nelson! :)

    • grimoaldo2

      yes, got a big reception

  • grimoaldo2

    Very enjoyable performance overall.

  • cielo e mar

    I’d love to hear the conductor explain his choices.

  • Camille

    she is singing this….instead of the parlato stuff.

  • cielo e mar

    BRRAAA-VO! for Martinez from Massachusetts!

  • Rowna Sutin

    Night all -- was fun but i do miss the old chat room

    • grimoaldo2

      I agree!
      Bye for now everyone.

  • Camille

    Guess I won’t know what to think before I go hear this in the house as I can’t quite get a few things.

  • cielo e mar

    Ditto that Rowna.
    G’night all

  • Camille

    He got a big hand, Mr. Nelson, that is. Good. There is some relief in sight!!! Buonanotte

  • Sanford Schimel

    I was inhouse tonight and it was phenomenal. Really tremendous.

  • Rowna Sutin

    The opera is over, and is a new day. I stayed up to the last second of the broadcast to hear the cheers for Mr. Martinez. He was very well received by the audience. Ms Yoncheva must have prodded him to a few extra solo bows as the announcers explained. I hope we hear more of him on these live streams and maybe in the HDs coming up.

  • Ivy Lin

    I was there last night. A phenomenal night at the opera.

    Full thoughts here:
    http://poisonivywalloftext.blogspot.com/2017/03/la-traviata-oh-gioia.html

    • Ivy Lin
      • Thanks for this review, Ivy. Re: “O mio rimorso”, I wish tenors would just forget about going for the high C. It rarely works and is never a triumph. And it always means compromising several bars of music leading up to the note.

        • Armerjacquino

          I like it as music, but I can see why it used to be cut. I’d find Act II Alfredo extremely hard to play. With every entrance it’s as if he’s forgotten the last piece of information he received.

          • Ah, youth… ;)

            • Ivy Lin

              Kashania, that’s the odd thing. I’ve never really heard that much enthusiasm even if the tenor hits the C in O mio rimorso. I wonder why so many of them go for it. With that being said, Fabiano was really an excellent Alfredo. But I do wonder if this will be his last. I think his voice has already outgrown the role.

            • I heard Kaufmann take the C in his Met debut (with Gheorghiu). He didn’t get a big hand either. So, tenors go through the anxiety of building up to an ungainly high C, skipping bars of music along the way, only to get a lukewarm reaction. Why bother? Save it for “Di quella pira”.

            • Ivy Lin

              Alfredo in general isn’t a big applause generator. Maybe because Violetta is working with some of the best music Verdi ever wrote and the story is all about her. Alfredo is also sort of a tool.

  • Doris Lang Kosloff

    For those of you who are still reeling from the revelation of hearing Nelson Martinez for the first time- he is the present day great Verdi and Puccini baritone. He has been singing in Miami (Miami Lyric Opera) for many years and now up north with Opera Connecticut in the Hartford area (where he wowed everyone with his Scarpia in 2015). He is the best of the best and the Met must reward his great singing.