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Broadcast: Die Zauberflöte

I think affairs that you must keep Masonic are better bets if little pets get big broadcasts. For example, tonight starting at 7:25 PM. La Cieca (not pictured) asks that you not observe a vow of silence but instead discuss, discuss.

  • Yige Li

    According to Russian news, Dima has passed away… Haven’t found any English news yet, and not sure how reliable these Russian news articles are:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=%D1%85%D0%B2%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%B2%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B8%D0%B9&source=lnms&tbm=nws&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiAkr3LkufWAhUD5YMKHfKKBooQ_AUICigB&biw=1366&bih=613

  • Worth a listen just to hear Kathryn Lewek’s phenomenal Queen of the Night! Can’t wait to hear more from her.

    • Camille

      Astra fiammante = Flaming star

      Indeed!

  • Rowna Sutin

    Greetings Parterrati!

  • Camille

    That was one BIG effin’ F!!!!!! Has she ever got game!!! Levine was sawing away and she still held onto it. Go girl!

    • Rowna Sutin

      It was long and gorgeous

    • Nelly della Vittoria

      Aaaa I’m in the house and leapt out of my seat when that happened!

      • Rowna Sutin

        How do the other voices carry? Esp Tamino and Pamina . . .

        • Nelly della Vittoria

          I was just about to say--isn’t Charles Castronovo ever the real thing! He’s making a rather big, dark sound with generous fortes and mezzofortes. I suspect this role tires him not at all. Pamina’s is a more Pamina-sized voice but carries well (I think; I’m quite near the stage) and sounds oddly cool and attractive in the lower reaches.

          • Rowna Sutin

            Thank you Nelly. I heard C Castronovo almost 20 years ago . . . and his voice was not polished yet but I heard a lot of quality in it -- I am so happy his career has taken off. BTW -- he was in Faust in Pittsburgh

            • Nelly della Vittoria

              Gosh, I imagined he was at least ten years younger than he is. I had no awareness of him till he did those Alfredos with Natalie. He’s pretty exciting to see live!

            • Yige Li

              He is, in a sense, an Alfredo Kraus kind of singer: never going out of lyric tenor range, not really million wattage on stage, but always elegant. He sang Lensky last season in Chicago, and received the biggest hand after “Kuda kuda”.

            • swordsnsolvers

              That Lensky was a superb performance and it instantly turned me into a Castronovo fan. I didn’t catch Tamino’s big tunes tonight but I will be sure to check the followup broadcasts.

            • MissShelved

              I saw his Lenski and was impressed — had not been so of previous outings. Found him rather dry and cold. In fact he is the basis of a joke my husband and I share: how many chairs will a director have a tenor throw in order to display some level of angst? Castronovo’s was a 4-chair Traviata.

            • Rowna Sutin

              Looked it up -- he sang Faust in 2005 season -- seemed longer ago!

          • steveac10

            And the Met has completely undercast him since he left their young artist program nearly 2 decades ago. In Europe and the other big American houses he’s Alfredo,Edgardo, Rudolfo, Jose, etc…in the last decade the Met has seen fit to cast him as Ottavio (he must have said yes to keep the door open with the Friend because, no) and Tamino.

      • Camille

        How wonderful!! Too bad I’m not there so we could be ships passing in the night again.

        I cannot wait for the Hölle Rache!!!

        • Nelly della Vittoria

          I only wish this production (like many others) wouldn’t insist on the Queen’s standing stock-still while she sings the first aria.

          A woman in front of me has just accosted her friend to declare, “I’d forgotten how much I hate this production. It overpowers Mozart, who is SERIOUS, and you can’t pay attention to the words, which are SERIOUS, because the actors are stuck doing nonsense.”

          Not my position--I like the fluttery birds and skeleton pterosaur thing--but there are some things about it…

          • Camille

            Was she the old biddy type, Nell? That would explain the “Mozart is SERIÖS!” remark. I grew up with so many a-holes in L.A. Always fetishsizing Mozart and turning him into a little plaster saint—that I just grew to loathe him and it took years, YEARS of dedicated recovery efforts on my part to effect a change in that dismal first impression. Then, along came Idomeneo, and for me, all was forgotten in that supernal, towering edifice of Harmony. . . .

        • Rowna Sutin

          Camissima -- talking about ships passing in the night, next Saturday yours truly and paid companion, Mr. Opera will be at Tales. If you are attending, might my ship pass yours? That is the 21st.

          • Camille

            Dearest Rowna!

            As it happens, I rarely, rarely attend Saturday matinées and this one will be no exception.

            Further, I have an interest in hearing the cover, a Mr Kang—with a flourishing career in Germany—and the mezzo Géraldine Chauvet, whom I have been interested in, to a degree. That will occur on the 18th. I suppose that it is inevitable I listen to Just a Grigolo, as I have intention of attending Jennifer Rowley’s performance in Tosca in January. That will suffice.

            Have a happy time with Mr Opera, hahahah, I love his name! And here’s hoping that the new year is a good one for you both.

            Ciao 4 now!

  • fletcher

    Holy shit @ that Der Hölle Rache!!!

  • steveac10

    Holy F! That’s what you call a Die Holle Rache. I can’t remember the last time I heard a better one live.

    • Camille

      You took the words right out of my mouth!

      I am so happy the Met has someone now who doesn’t sound like the world’s angriest mosquito. Real dramatic intention, for a change.

      • steveac10

        And a reasonable facsimile of a chest voice she’s not afraid to dig in to when she knows there is more in-alt to follow.

      • Nelly della Vittoria

        And she really flung out her tone for the final “Hört, hört, hört, Rachegötter!” in a way that was thrilling in the house.

        • Camille

          Yes, Nell, that’s exactly how it sounded over the radio as well, so thrilled to hear it was your impression of her up close and personal in the house. Brava!

          I’m ALL for transposing it a half step or even a whole stepdown, in order to get the right color and intention into the singing but— this lady has simply got it on both sides of the coin. It’s no wonder to me she has the monopoly on the Flaming Stars at the MET. Evviva!

      • MisterSnow

        Here is a good article on her from an Opera News. Her teacher is Diana Soviero. https://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2017/5/Departments/Sound_Bites_—_Kathryn_Lewek.html

        • steveac10

          And here she is in a video from Aix where she slam dunks Die Holle Rache while careening around the stage in a hand operated wheel chair. I don’t think I could have pulled of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in my prime while doing that.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRDt9aaGg-Q

          • Camille

            Thank you.

            Yes, that is how I heard of her, through a youtube video a few years back, and yet— have consistently missed all her performances in the since. So happy to see that the initial impression was what I thought it was. I look forward greatly to the performance in the house. I wonder if she sings Lulu?

  • Rowna Sutin

    The definition of WOW!

  • steveac10

    Followed by dreck.This bass has nothing to offer in a major house. Woolly, gravelly, woofy junk.

    • Camille

      Yes, I was wondering. Quite a letdown.

  • Rowna Sutin

    This is one gorgeous Pamina. What a touching interpretation of Ach ich fuhls. And how bout that breath!!!

    • steveac10

      Yes, quite lovely.

  • steveac10

    And now to the Papagenos. Am I the only one who finds this whole sequence extremely tiresome -- even with a good (or better than good) Papageno?

    • swordsnsolvers

      I always find this sequence too cutesy and it doesn’t help that this particular Papageno’s german isn’t great

      • steveac10

        Must be the Austrian accent.

    • Camille

      Nope. It’s part of why I’m going to The Magic Flute instead.

      God these boys are cute!

      • steveac10

        And you still get Lewek and Castronovo (who is sounding more and more like a promising baby Lohengrin as the evening progesses). Even without the lovely Pamina -- probably a good trade off.

        • Camille

          Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, a busy soprano from the Bayern. Not chopped liver but I do not have any recollection of her Marzelline, another annoying character. Dense teenage hormoned girls should be quarantined.

          • CCorwinNYC

            I was at Muller’s debut as Marzelline. She was absolutely ordinary.

            • Camille

              Ohimè, e grazie.

            • Bill

              I agree -- Mueller was a large disappointment in that I had heard/read some promising reviews from Munich etc. She did not launch the quartet “Mir ist so Wunderbar” with any great beauty of tone and I felt one should not necessarily seek her out in some of her other roles, Pamina, Zdenka etc.

            • steveac10

              Also the casting of a native English speaker in the German version and a native German speaker in the abbreviated English version is a bit of a head scratcher. I can see why Levine would like to work with the current Pamina because she’s pretty damned good, but wouldn’t the “holiday” edition be a golden opportunity to feature a MET nurtured up and comer rather than a house singer from Munich?

            • Camille

              Yes it would seem there must be many from the Lindemann program and half of The Upper West Side as well.

    • The answer to your question is “no”. I rank Papageno somewhere near Oscar in the for-god’s-sake-get-it-over-with preferably fatally) category.

      • Camille

        Of all operatic characters who don’t die and who should, Oscar is well in the forefront. Should take the bullet for her Re!

  • steveac10

    Good God that 1st Armed Man has a massive voice!

    • swordsnsolvers

      Richard Cox it would seem

  • Camille

    Dima is alive and Mozart is eternal! Buonanotte a tuttiquanti!

  • Rowna Sutin

    QOTN from a previous production: https://youtu.be/38JdMe5znPg?t=24m39s

  • Sarah

    Yesterday’s HD broadcast was fantastic. Definitely want to see Castronovo, Schultz, Lewek, and Werba again.