Cher Public

Broadcast: Thaïs

La Cieca, right, suddenly realizes she forgot to post today’s chat.  You, the forgiving cher public can listen and comment this afternoon starting right now. (Photo: Chris Lee/Metropolitan Opera)

  • Camille

    WHERE are all of Tha?s’s lovers today?

    That means YOU, fletcher. Oh, it’s only eleven a.m. in L.A,, so too early for sex.

  • ines

    Loved this Thais last autumn, as well as her Mimi about a year ago..
    Very much in the Victoria de los Angeles tradition. ( a compliment)
    Having a chance to hear her Elvira (Ernani ) at LaScala the coming summer, I can’t help but wondering.. is it a case of too much too soon…?

    • Camille

      oh hello Ines — I love the modesty of your lower case initial, by the way.

      I don’t quite know. She has been around a while and finally getting a push, and that is all well by me. I just don’t know quite category to peg her in. I heard her initially as a beautiful little Micaëla, so from there to Elvia is quite a leap. She sings nicely in French, and wish she might do more work there.

      I don’t really know enough about her but only wish her very well as the voice is good and the timbre and color is distinctive.

      And YES, I wish there were more of them who would resemble or follow in the tradition of the great de Los Angeles, an angel of a singer.

      • ines

        Freni went from Micaela to Ernani -Elvira ,( after 20 plus years of career) but backed up very fast . Also it is the Scala audience…
        Does she sing other Verdi roles?

        • Camille

          Righto!!!! I remember that Freni Elvira debacle. I mean, it is for a real lirico=spinto, as in SPINTO-PUSHED. And it requires acres of technique and amplitude of voice. Verdi was a cruel taskmaster.

          Well, she has notably sung Traviata, naturally, in San Francisco and London. I could have heard it in San Francisco but chose Nebby, of course, instead. Glad I did as La Nebby has never done it here in NYC. Other than that she has sung Alice Ford, and I do not know what else.

          • ines

            yep, she sang La Traviata also at la Scala last year successfully. If we keep the Freni paragon, before her Ernani she had sung nannetta, alice ford, violetta, elisabet de valois,desdemona, amelia boccanegra and aida

            • Camille

              Oh, she did? well, that is a very good thing!

              To me she doesn’t have much similarity to Freni, however, and I always felt Freni overwhelmed by some of those parts. That is, the little I’ve heard over radio as I never heard her sing any of that repertory, only several Fedoras, which was also wrong, but still I treasure having seen the opera, and her.

          • WindyCityOperaman

            Freni was supposed to repeat Elvira at LOC in 1984, but after the Scala performances gave the management plenty of time to find someone else. Grace Bumbry was the replacement. Bertolini in for Pavarotti no-show. Not a good evening if memory serves.

  • trevor

    Salut les copains! Was out walking in the park and heard Act I on
    headphones. So far, very nice.

  • Camille

    Salut et bienvenue chez Thaïs!

  • trevor

    Merci, Camille. Tu te sens mieux?

    • Camille

      Oui! J’étais guéri par l’Armagnac, mon bel ami!

      • trevor

        LOL. L’elisir!

        • Camille

          L’eau de vie!

  • Camille

    Oh my favorite phrase in the opera is coming up!!

    • trevor

      which is?

      • Camille

        “Ah! Je sens une fraîcheur en mon âme ravie, je frisonne et demeure charmée!

        AH! Quel pourvoir, quel pouvoir est le sien!”

        Just love it. It has to be socked out of the park, though.

  • Camille

    Brava, divetta! such a pretty voice!

  • Camille

    Meditation time….OM!

  • trevor

    sprightly exoticism!

    • Camille

      You know, Trevor, I know I should recognise your face in the avatar, but I just can’t place it.

      Yes, leftover Hérodiade! Or maybe Le Mage or Le Roi de Lahore, who knows?

      • trevor

        It’s a portrait of Diderot. I liked the colors and his wry smile.

        • Camille

          I knew I recognized it but I just couldn’t place him. Pity my memory is a sieve! Grand merci.
          Yes, a great man of letters.

  • Camille

    It’s funny as she was applauded for this smaller scale aria “L’amour est une rare vertu” in the theatre whereas the big number, “Dis-moi due je suis belle” went without recognition. Maybe audience didn’t realize there was an end there, but this did make a big impression.

    • Brackweaver

      4 measures after it without orch. Maybe the conductor rested and the aud took it as a cue.

      • Camille

        I do not understand what exactly you mean here?? The conductor kept on playing, as is indicated in the music, no real resting place?

        • Brackweaver

          The line that follows the end of L’amour est une vertu rare (Quand Nicias….) has no accompaniment in the Kalmus. The applause was between the two lines.

          • Camille

            Oh! You meant THAT one. Okay.

  • trevor

    audience sounds dazed.

  • trevor

    Massenet can have strange hypnotic effect on the audience. Lulls them into a twilight zone.

    • Camille

      That is interesting. He was a strange type, but perhaps that is based on a misperception and should read more about his life.

      • trevor

        But he also knew how to break the spell. Last year at a performance of Werther when the gun goes off in Act IV, the entire audience was WOKE.

        • Camille

          Werther, for my money, is a much better work by far, in any case.

          • trevor

            D’accord.

  • trevor

    What a brilliant passage…all that dissonance!

  • Camille

    I don’t know if I should stay or go see “Cobra Woman”. Que faire?

  • trevor

    I am going back outside with headphones.

    • Camille

      Au revoir!

      • trevor

        Adieu. A bientôt.

  • Camille

    Yes, too bad he doesn’t conduct Tosca as well as this! Tant pis!

  • Camille

    I am going to meditate and lie down as I am tired out so aurevoir, les infants!

  • WindyCityOperaman

    Listened to the performance while cooking dinner. Overall very beautifully sung and played but the Thais was lacking something. I still believe the opera should be called Athaniel!

  • ER

    I did not know this opera that well but listening today really made me realize what a beauty it is. Shorter and more compact than Manon, and some truly gorgeous lyrical moments. The cast was excellent too.