Cher Public

Broadcast: Requiem

Starting at 7:55 PM, a broadcast of the first Verdi Requiem of the season, live from the Met.

  • Rowna Sutin

    Am I the first to arrive? I am not really familiar with the 2 ladies who are singing . . . looking forward to this. If you are here please say hi.

    • Christian Ocier

      Ekaterina Semenchuk sang Amneris at Salzburg this summer. Stoyanova is an excellent soprano, who has been the de facto “big Verdi” soprano singer (Amelia, Leonora, etc.) in many European houses during the last half decade or more. Lovely singers! Stoyanova was also the Desdemona in Muti’s in-house Otello, also starring Antonenko in the title role:
      https://open.spotify.com/album/58gFeveTt1Vl3sV86eDrLA

      • Rowna Sutin

        Ah yes -- I heard her as Amneris -- stupendous. I get all those Russian names mixed up

    • DonCarloFanatic

      Hi, Rowna. Never heard this in one sitting before and am already finding it quite trying volume-wise. Deafening sections alternating with whispers.

  • cielo e mar

    Hi Rowna. Another listener here! Don’t know how much I’ll be commenting, though. The Requiem is hard to interrupt!

    • Rowna Sutin

      I was thinking the same!

  • Rowna Sutin

    Getting a later start than I anticipated

  • rapt

    Hi Rowna and c&m--Probably won’t have much to say either, but glad to be listening along with you.

  • CwbyLA

    wow. pretty slow intro

  • Christian Ocier

    I’m getting a little bit of that woofy “late John Tomlinson” sound from Furlanetto. An authoritative artist with a wonderful bass voice, but he’s close to 70 now right?

    • Peter

      And I’m afraid Stoyanova is a little long in the tooth as well. The Met seemed to catch on to her pretty late.

      • Christian Ocier

        Yes, I suppose 55 is a bit older for a high voice singer. However, Mariella Devia only a few years ago displayed some impressive chops in very difficult and agile bel canto roles despite being over 60. It is possible that singing in a more intimately sized European house may have allowed these singers to presere their voices longer? While Stoyanova is not a young singer by any stretch of the imagination, the voice still sounds pretty well kept to me.

        • Rowna Sutin

          Too many points to discuss during this performance but you can’t compare one voice with another . . .esp re longevity

        • Peter

          My apologies as Stoyanova sounds wonderful here. I do think Aida was too much of a stretch for her though.

          • Christian Ocier

            I agree, the dramatic parts of Aida do stretch her “large lyric” soprano. But in the greater stretches of Aida, where most of the writing is lyrical and more piano than forte, Stoyanova shines. But it’s really more of an Amelia/Desdemona/Leonora voice.

  • Rowna Sutin

    I think the ladies are great.

  • Rowna Sutin

    Was disappointed to hear the A was the tenor . . . he sounds sweeter than in other performances I have heard him in . . . however . . . .

  • Kareol

    Not a nice Ingemisco…

    • Rowna Sutin

      Glad it is over

  • Rowna Sutin

    ????

  • cielo e mar

    I’m having a lot of trouble with the broadcast sound. I think the engineers didn’t adjust for the placement of soloists and chorus (on risers) at the front of the stage. Everything sounds in your face. No space around the voices. Loud and soft compressed to a nose-to-nose monotony. Too bad.
    Given that, I’d give highest marks so far to Semenchuk, then Stoyanova. Furlanettoo is way past the sell-by date. Antonenko lacks the subtlety this music demands. Levine seems to be merely pointing the direction.

    • Rowna Sutin

      Agree on all :)

    • Christian Ocier

      Semenchuk sounds wonderful in the Lux Aeterna. Even Furlanetto’s voice seems to have warmed up at this point of the score.

    • Camille

      Yes. +1 on that last paragraph of yours!

      If only Stoyanova could bring just a bit More to her voice and interpretation. There is a lot of good with her but she fails to ever really excite or interest me sufficiently. I’m sorry about that.

      • Rowna Sutin

        I thought the same for Amneris. However, in the Requiem it didn’t bother me. I was very taken with her vocal prowess, and especially her chest voice. Overall it is a somewhat generic sound (a good one at that!) so I can see why a listener could lose interest.

  • rapt

    Well, one thing this performance is showing me is the challenges to intonation in this piece.

  • Rowna Sutin

    And this is why they pay her the big bucks!

    • Peter

      I’m sorry I said anything negative about her. She sang the Libera me gloriously.

      • Ladd Boris

        Couldn’t hear her in the house unfortunately. Not during the climaxes

        • Camille

          Couldn’t hear all that much at home—so—had been hoping it had been somehow different or something more in the house. Too bad.

          • Ladd Boris

            She was lovely with her pianissimi and messa di voce when the orchestra wasn’t challenging her. The dramatic climaxes in Libera Me just petered out. Even Sementchuk was occasionally inaudible.

            • Camille

              Yes, that was very curious about Semnchuk as making her sound inaudible is quite some engineering feat!

              Well, I’ll not be going to this as I’ve heard far better and will he hearing Semenchuk as Santuzza in January to which Inlook forward greatly. Stoyanova always sounds this way and I think her wise to sing in slightly smaller theatres, like Vienna, as it is just not quite ample enough a sound for this Verdian repertoire in this huge house. Tant pis! Even at Carnegie Hall, however, her Desdemona was chiefly only excellent in the Ave Maria. The soft effects she has are indeed very lovely and she has a very ladylike and refined aspect which I admire, as well as excellent Italian, MAH!

          • Rowna Sutin

            I found the high notes sounding thin, but I couldn’t tell if this was a transmission issue, the orchestra playing too loud, or the soprano’s voice not having enough bloom. Since I had no expectation I was happy with the performance of Ms Stoyanova

  • Rowna Sutin

    Stunning IMHO

    • ER

      agree. it got better and better as it went along… What an amazing piece.

  • Rowna Sutin

    Night all

  • rapt

    Good night--thanks for the company and comments!