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Broadcast: Il trovatore

This afternoon’s Met broadcast is Il trovatore, a revival that has already been widely discussed, and surely will be spoken of further when it begins at 1:00 PM. (Photo: Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera)

  • GiacomoPuccini

    Love this Azucena

    • Yige Li

      Who doesn’t?

      • GiacomoPuccini

        Very different from all others I can remember.

      • trevor

        She’s the reason I’m still listening.

  • Rowna Sutin

    This music sounds like Parigi o caro

    • I’d never thought of that but you are right.

      • GiacomoPuccini

        Yes

      • Ramon Figueroa

        Traviata came a couple of months after Trovatore.

        • GiacomoPuccini

          Verdi works often remind on of another, but I had not seen this resemblance before.

    • ER

      OMG!!!!!! So true, Rowna

    • Camille

      I’ve never put that together either, but I can certainly see your point. Well, same time, almost. Makes sense.

    • Luvtennis

      Thereby creating some very strange associations…..????

  • Rowna Sutin

    Not many big mezzos can thin their voices down so beautifully as Anita can

  • manou

    Manrico -- your batteries need recharging

    • Yige Li

      Don’t worry. Luna will kill him soon.

      • manou

        Mercy killing

        • Brackweaver

          Several of them can throw themselves into an avalanche sooner than later.

      • trevor

        Not soon enough.

  • Camille

    I just don’t know how Lee can continue in this manner, baying at the moon. I am very sorry. It sounds old and played out.

    • Rowna Sutin

      You and I should be in charge of casting at the met. And have many other jobs there as well!

      • Camille

        Yes, we will takeover the broadcast while we are at it and set them all straight. Well, not the parterrians, they are not straight in any case…..!

        I dunno, they are all trying but it all sounds like somewhere else, not the mighty MET.

      • GiacomoPuccini

        Can’t think of anyone I would cast as Manrico these days.

        • swordsnsolvers

          I hope Russell Thomas plans to sing Manrico eventually. His unique voice would be thrilling in this music. But I wouldn’t want him to rush into it…

  • Nell TuoCuor

    Hi … I’m just here to say please make it stop….

    • Camille

      haha! It isn’t ANYWHERE as bad as that one with Meade and Stephanie Blythe on the worst day of her life in about 2014 0r 13. that was BAAAAAAAD!

      • Berti, Meade, Markov, Blythe and Stamboglis, under Callegari. January 16, 2013.

        • Camille

          Oh, it was 2013, then — wow already five years ago. My god that was a fiasco.

          Blythe had a bit of a time after that, but she is a contralto, for my money anyway. A terrific one, for sure.

          Poor grimoaldo was so traumatized by it he layed off opera for a year or so afterwards.

          • grimoaldo2

            Yes, thank you for your sympathy dear Camille, that was sort of the last straw after truly abysmal Met performances of Die Fledermaus, which I had heard better performances of at university and amateur productions, and one production after the other at the Met and ROH with leading ladies who could not sing the music written for their roles whatsoever, I will not list them, let’s try to forget. Things have picked up at least somewhat since then.

      • Ramon Figueroa

        Didn’t Blythe basically left opera after that?

        • Rowna Sutin

          Really? Isn’t she still singing? Or maybe just recitals . . .

          • Ramon Figueroa

            I think it is mostly recitals. And her Kate Smith thing.

          • Camille

            She will sing Madame de la Haltière in the CENDRILLON coming up this spring. Sure to be a RIOT!

        • Don_Dan0

          She sang a fine Cornelia in Houston in October.

          • Rick

            Ms Blythe also sang Tancredi in Philadelphia (?) one or two years ago (to quite good reviews, I remember). And she has Mistress Quickly planned as well.

        • Don’t forget her great Baba the Turk in 2015

    • manou

      Hello Nell -- I am with you!

    • Nell TuoCuor

      Very sorry.. I have violated Nell’s Law of kindness to singers. Let’s give him credit for hanging in there. (are they going to hang him? )

      • Camille

        He’s decapitated isn’t he? I’ve forgotten but it happens fast so it couldn’t be a hanging, I think.

        • I think that hung was referring to something else. :-)

          • Camille

            naughty

      • GiacomoPuccini

        Perhaps he’s hung and that’s how he got cast.

  • Camille

    Re-animate Aprile Millo and throw her on up on the stage!

  • pollione

    Is this a typical day at the Met these days?

    • Rowna Sutin

      There is NO typical day

    • Camille

      it is very much the way things are a good deal of the time, and one should be grateful for this as I’ve heard much worse, MUCH worse.

  • Yige Li

    Don’t hold, just die, please!

  • Camille

    O MAAAAAAAAA-DRAY!!!!!!! YEAY.

    • Yige Li

      Azucena’s relief--also our’s.

  • Rowna Sutin

    Bye all. Will add more comments later . . .Love to you all :)

    • Nell TuoCuor

      Bye Rowna!

  • manou

    Arrivederci tutti !

  • ER

    bye, everyone!

  • Nell TuoCuor

    Bravo Quinn; Brava Anita!

  • swordsnsolvers

    See everyone later. Tomorrow at 2 Central I’ll be listening to WFMT for the prima of I Puritani from Lyric Opera Chicago with Brownlee, Shagimuratova, Anthony Clark Evans and Adrian Sâmpetrean and Enrique Mazzola conducting. If anyone else plans to listen we could start a thread.

    • Yige Li

      I will be in house. No high expectation, though. I saw the same production at MET in 2014 with Brownlee. He sang the high F, and that’s it. Shagimuratova seems to be the house favorite (or, more precisely, Freud’s favorite) in bel canto. She’s good, but not the once a generation bel cantist Lyric is trying to sell her as.

      • Camille

        He made a noise on that high F. I wish he had not attempted it at all as it sounded awful. Otherwise he was pretty good but not as good as Camarena, who opted not to sing that stupid note and got heckled.

        Whaddaya gonna do?

      • swordsnsolvers

        Pretty much the same expectations on my side. I’m pretty curious to hear Evans as Riccardo (who gets my favorite tunes in the opera). Shagimuratova did a good job as Lucia last year but I was more impressed with the technique than her artistry/interpretation. Hope you have a good time.

    • swordsnsolvers

      BTW Chicago opera lovers, Brownlee is also performing at a memorial event for Philip Gossett this week. I’m unable to go due to work but I’d love to hear the details if anyone makes it down to Hyde Park for this.
      https://music.uchicago.edu/news/join-us-honoring-memory-philip-gossett-february-8-430-pm

  • DellaCasaFan

    Wishing you all a nice week.

  • Amika

    Anyone listening to the Chicago Puritani broadcast? I’ve been listening since the first note

    • swordsnsolvers

      Yes, I’m listening. This seems like a pretty good performance so far. A few hiccups in the tempi but I really like the conducting. Vocalists pretty much as expected

    • Amika

      I like Evans a lot. Brownlee phenomenal as always. Shagimuratova I find wobbly

      • trevor

        Yes, Shagimuratova a little wobbly…but she managed that fiendish mad scene pretty well.

    • trevor

      Listening…but right now there’s an interminable intermission feature that has me longing for Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff or even Milton Cross.