Cher Public

Broadcast: Thaïs

“C’est Thais, l’idole fragile qui vient pour la première fois.”  And you, the cher public can listen and comment this afternoon starting at 12:55 PM. (Photo: Chris Lee/Metropolitan Opera)

  • Batty Masetto

    The diminuendo on the b-flat isn’t written, she just went for it anyway

    • fletcher

      She’s really hit her stride, this sounds even better than earlier.

    • Camille

      It is actual a big fat fortissimo. Wondered what went on there. Conductor direction?

      • Batty Masetto

        She couldn’t have done it without his cooperation, that’s for sure. ;-)

        • Camille

          Yes specially as orchestra has the same big fat fortissimo!

  • Batty Masetto

    One of the things I admire so much about Finley is that he’s always right on top of the beat and pulse, no dragging behind or just sitting on the beat

    • Camille

      True.

  • fletcher

    I’m dead

  • Batty Masetto

    For once I really felt sympathy for priggish ol’ Athanael at the end of this scene

    • hai lui

      Yes, his suffering no matter how well deserved, was beautifully expressed -- flawed humanity

  • southerndoc1

    WTF?

  • Batty Masetto

    the score I’m looking at has “the cry of the jackal!” but the reproduction is so bad that it looks like “the cry of the fuckall” :D

  • southerndoc1

    La pollution nocturne d’Athanael.

  • fletcher

    That tune is such an ear-worm

  • hai lui

    I am hearing this orchestral interlude keenly, for the first time

    • hai lui

      even the flute bit fits

  • manou

    Hello people -- just in time for her demise…

    • Batty Masetto

      Salut chère Manou!

      • manou

        Hello dear Batty -- have been extremely busy. When are you crossing the pond again?

        • Batty Masetto

          Not real soon, but we gotta get back there soon, we miss you!

          • manou

            We are coming to New York in April to see Tosca -- with or without Netrebko…

            • Rowna Sutin

              I think it will be Yoncheva -- if you are coming to the matinee I will be there too

            • manou

              We are going to an evening performance towards the end of April

            • Batty Masetto

              Rats, we were just in New York last month, and I’m teaching in April. :(

            • manou

              Peccato!

  • fletcher

    Forgot how much Our Jules milks this tune in Act III.

    • manou

      If I has written this tune I would milk it too…

      • fletcher

        I don’t blame him one bit!

      • fletcher

        It’s a lot more restrained than, say, the way Bizet abuses the duet tune in Pêcheurs!

        • manou

          Yes -- Adrianna Lecouvreur is another culprit

  • manou

    Missed the whole thing due to grandmothering -- now have a NINTH granddaughter

    • Batty Masetto

      Congratulations!

      • manou

        Merci all

    • fletcher

      Congratulations!

    • Ivy Lin

      Congrats!

    • Rowna Sutin

      Mazal Tov!

    • Camille

      O my!! Félicitations! You must name her THAÏS!

      • manou

        She is called Isabella Juno…

        • Batty Masetto

          Wow, now that’s a name!!

        • Camille

          beautiful indeed. may she have the wisdom of Juno.

  • Ivy Lin

    Here we go!

  • Ivy Lin

    Ok that first D wasn’t pretty …

  • southerndoc1

    And she has to sing this sitting down, semi-calcified.

  • Batty Masetto

    Fierce, she has to run from a high D down to a low B

  • Ivy Lin

    Ok that wasn’t the greatest ending .., But I hope she improves throughout the run.

    • fletcher

      Yeah she ran out of steam a bit -- I thought the tone was beautiful but the notes weren’t all there.

  • Camille

    Bravi tutti i tre!!!

  • hai lui

    She brought the tears to me

  • Herb Fontecilla

    A fantastic role for her.