La Boheme (Season Premiere) Live Broadcast from the Met: Tonight at 7:25pm

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Starring Joseph Calleja as the poet Rodolfo, (pictured above with Anna Netrebko)

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Maija Kovalkevska as the living poetry that is Mimi (pictured above with Ramon Vargas)

In Franco Zeffirelli’s magnificent and historic production

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ConductorStefano Ranzani
MimìMaija Kovalevska
MusettaIrina Lungu
RodolfoJoseph Calleja
MarcelloAlexey Markov
SchaunardJoshua Hopkins
CollineChristian Van Horn
Benoit/AlcindoroDonald Maxwell

Production: Franco Zeffirelli
Set Designer: Franco Zeffirelli
Costume DesignerPeter J. Hall
Lighting DesignerGil Wechsler

No matter how many times you’ve seen or listened to La Bohème, Puccini’s masterpiece is a true “squarcio di vita” that we all need to revisit now and again.  It talks of the beauty of life, how to live it even in the face of adversity, and more importantly…how deeply love, true love, can touch the soul.  Every time I listen to Bohème, I find something new and wonderful about these characters.  If portrayed well, you want to be part of their little circle of  friends, and for those two hours linger in a world perhaps more simple, or perhaps more complex in feeling than the one we allow ourselves to live in today.  Life is Opera and Opera is Life…Bohème is one major reason this genre continues to thrive, everywhere and always.

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Canadian Soprano Andriana Chuchman makes Met Debut in “L’Elisir D’Amore”

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Canadian Soprano, Andriana Chuchman makes Met debut tonight in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir D’Amore”

Fresh off the news of Opera Hamilton’s untimely and sad closing (there is always hope that the community of Hamilton will pull together and support the long-existing company), it is more than exciting as it is to hear news of an upcoming debut for a Canadian opera singer. Of course, No one is happy to hear about Ms. Netrebko falling ill, but it is flu season and in this case Ms. Chuchman has lucked out (Ms. Netrebko is scheduled to sing a show of beloved Russian works at “Le Poisson Rouge” in NYC later this month, as well as the rest of the run of Adina’s).  Already set to make her debut later in February as Miranda in the Met’s “The Enchanted Island,” Ms. Chuchman’s debut comes earlier and in a role more likely to establish her internationally and as a leading soprano. She will be singing Adina alongside tenor Ramon Vargas for the first two performances of the year and I wish her a hearty “In bocca al lupo.” We are all wishing great things for this Canadian singer.  Let’s keep opera thriving in Canada!!!

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What’s up at the Met this Week? Verdi and some more of “The Bat”

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Ambrogio Maestri as Verdi’s Buffone Tragico, “Falstaff”

Christmas Through The Ages: Aprile Millo (with Mary-Lou Vetere) available now

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As 2013 Draws to a Close: Reflections on Opera

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2013 brought world-wide celebrations for rival composers, Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi.  Whilst they both respected each other deep down (if not secretly admired each other), so many words of exclusion were uttered between them during their tenure as the greatest living opera composers of the 19th Century. One did not seemingly have time for the music of the other and we might go as far as saying that the music of one did not exist for the other; but, exist it did.  In fact, Verdi may never have been inspired to compose Otello or Falstaff without Wagner’s presence and his threat to Italian operatic supremacy.  Nonetheless, without either of these composers we may not have been blessed with what remain the most important and valuable operatic compositions in history.

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Wagner’s epic and gargantuan Der Ring Des Nibelungen continues to be a monumental presentation in opera houses like Bayreuth and the Metropolitan Opera and directors are attempting, still,  to create new ideas for this magnitudinous work.  Verdi, on the other hand, bore operas that are staples of melody, intricate plots, drama, and memorable arias to the point that there isn’t an opera house on earth that doesn’t present a Verdi opera in every season.  What would Italian opera be without the magnificence of Il Trovatore, Don Carlo, Traviata, or Otello?  The world over, celebrations have graced this operatic year, giving honour and praise to these two giants.  These are interesting historical times to live in, to say the least.

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Amidst celebrations, there has also been fear over the economic and artistic state in Italy, and threats to close La Scala, the leading opera house in the country.  That Italians might even ponder this idea seems like a self-imploding mistake, but I hold fast to the fact that Italians are very territorial and very patriotic.  They will not let the house close or be threatened because opera is, contrary to some who think it’s soccer, the national pastime of Italians.  It is their greatest universal export and the birthplace of opera.  Let’s keep Italy and all countries in our thoughts as the New Year chimes in, in hope for continued prosperity and the protection of the art we love.

For some, 2013 has brought strife, illness, losses, anxiety, death, and suffering.  So many people I’ve spoken to have had one of the worst years possible. Nearing the end of this year, I lost my beloved grandfather Raffaele Greco, who was an artisan, and Italian trained tailor and clothing designer who inspired my life in many ways. The pain of loss never ceases but it eases by lingering in memories.  Every time I try on a new gown or costume, I can’t help think of him and his precise and pristine manner with clothing to the point that I, myself, have become picky about tailoring. Whatever the reasons, perhaps it’s the association with the number 13, or just a turning point in the scheme of life this year, we will never know understand reasons for having an extraordinarily bad year. On a positive turn, I think the best thing to do in this case is to take the bad with the good, even if it comes in small doses.  It is important to be thankful and know that a bleak year usually means that the next one won’t be so bleak.  Hopefully, it will be filled with joy, happiness, good health, success, birth, and prosperity.  We can only take what we’ve learned and move forward so here’s to ending 2013 and starting 2014 on a positive and prosperous note. I, for one, intend 2014 to be a fabulous year.  I hope you do, too!

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Rising Tenor, Michael Fabiano

Since, I keep abreast of all things Metropolitan Opera, I want to encourage you to tune into the New Year’s Eve broadcast on Met Opera Radio or Live on the Met Website, which is the ever fun and fashionable Die Fledermaus.  In it, the fabulous rising tenor, Michael Fabiano, makes his debut as Alfred and will show you the fun and comical side of his usually handsome, brooding, and serious characterizations.  Although Michael is versatile and will wow you in this role, we’re waiting to see him at the Met in his exquisite interpretation of Rodolfo and other romantic roles.  Congratulations to him and all singers who have made debuts and recordings this year, specifically a new recording by the ever beautiful Ailyn Perez and her handsome husband and sunny-voiced tenor, Stephen Costello.  You will want to get this one while it’s hot!  Also, kudos to mezzo-soprano’s Jamie Barton on her Met Debut as Adalgisa and her winning the Cardiff Singer of the World competition, and to Isabel Leonard who was the recipient of the Richard Tucker Award. These young singers are the lifeblood of opera today and I wish them every bit of success possible.  Keep your eye on them in 2014 and you won’t be disappointed!

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Stephen Costello and Ailyn Perez

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Cardiff Singer of the World:  mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton

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Richard Tucker Award Winner:  mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard

To all opera lovers:  it seems like we belong to a special club that no one else understands.  We actually do and how blessed are we to understand, know, and adore this art that has caused controversy, excitement, audience explosions, scandal, thrills, and absolute beauty since its inception?  To talk about it and discuss it is to keep its blood flowing, to keep it thriving.  I will never stop talking about opera or wanting to share its magnificent message.  There is nothing like it!  We can all do our part to keep it alive in our own communities, to share it with people who haven’t yet been bitten by the bug, and to continue to support LIVE performance.  Here’s to 2014 and to opera, the greatest art in the world, and the closest thing to Heaven that we’ll ever know.  May 2014 be blessed  for you and yours.  Cheers!

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What’s on Met Opera Radio this week: November 18th, 2013

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Monday, November 18, 2013

6:00am Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande

4/8/1995-Levine; Croft, Von Stade, Braun, Lloyd, Horne

9:00am Britten: Billy Budd
3/31/1979-Leppard; Stilwell, Pears, Morris, Glossop, Ward

12:00pm Verdi: Macbeth
1/28/1984-Levine; Milnes, Scotto, Plishka, Ciannella

3:00pm: Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor 2/27/1937-Papi; Pons, Jagel, Brownlee, Pinza

7:25pm: Verdi: Rigoletto (LIVE FROM THE MET)
Heras-Casado; Hvorostovsky, Lungu, Polenzani, Kocán, Volkova

10:00pm: Mozart: Don Giovanni
2/15/2003-Cambreling; Mattei, Radvanovsky, Diener, Netrebko, Trost, Furlanetto

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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6:00 AM ET 9:00 AM ET

12:00 PM ET 3:00 PM ET 6:00 PM ET

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Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera
2/19/1983-Guadagno; Neblett, Bergonzi, Nucci, Berini, Peters

Britten: Midsummer Night’s Dream
12/21/1996-Atherton; McNair, Gustafson, Bunnell, Kowalski, Streit, Gilfry

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila 2/25/2006-Villaume; Forbis, Borodina, Lafont

Verdi: Don Carlo
11/11/1950-Stiedry; Björling, Rigal, Merrill, Barbieri, Siepi

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg 1/23/1993-Levine; McIntyre, Mattila, Araiza, Svendén, Magnusson, Prey

Britten: Peter Grimes
2/11/1967-Davis; Vickers, Amara, Evans, Madeira, Chookasian

 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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6:00am Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito

2/14/1987-Levine; Rendall, Alexander, Troyanos, Hong, Montague

9:00am J. Strauss Jr.: Die Fledermaus
1/23/1954-Kozma; Steber, Kullman, Munsel, Hayward, Novotna, Brownlee

12:00pm Meyerbeer: Le Prophète
1/29/1977-Lewis; McCracken, Scotto, Horne, Hines

3:00pm: Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
4/8/1995-Levine; Croft, Von Stade, Braun, Lloyd, Horne

7:25pm R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten (LIVE FROM THE MET)
Jurowski; Schwanewilms, Goerke, Komlósi, Reuter, Kerl

 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

6:00am Britten: Billy Budd
3/31/1979-Leppard; Stilwell, Pears, Morris, Glossop, Ward

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9:00am Verdi: Macbeth
1/28/1984-Levine; Milnes, Scotto, Plishka, Ciannella

12:00pm Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor 2/27/1937-Papi; Pons, Jagel, Brownlee, Pinza

3:00pm Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera
2/19/1983-Guadagno; Neblett, Bergonzi, Nucci, Berini, Peters

6:00pm Mozart: Don Giovanni
2/15/2003-Cambreling; Mattei, Radvanovsky, Diener, Netrebko, Trost, Furlanetto

9:00m Britten: Midsummer Night’s Dream
12/21/1996-Atherton; McNair, Gustafson, Bunnell, Kowalski, Streit, Gilfry

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila 2/25/2006-Villaume; Forbis, Borodina, Lafont

12:00 AM ET Verdi: Don Carlo
11/11/1950-Stiedry; Björling, Rigal, Merrill, Barbieri, Siepi

Friday, November 22, 2013

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6:00 AM ET 12:00 PM ET 3:00 PM ET 6:55 PM ET

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg 1/23/1993-Levine; McIntyre, Mattila, Araiza, Svendén, Magnusson, Prey

Britten: Peter Grimes
2/11/1967-Davis; Vickers, Amara, Evans, Madeira, Chookasian

Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito
2/14/1987-Levine; Rendall, Alexander, Troyanos, Hong, Montague

R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (SEASON PREMIERE – LIVE FROM THE MET)
Gardner; Coote, Serafin, P. Rose, Erdmann, Ketelsen, Cutler

 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
4/8/1995-Levine; Croft, Von Stade, Braun, Lloyd, Horne

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6:00 AM ET

9:00 AM ET 12:00 PM ET 3:00 PM ET 6:00 PM ET

Mozart: Don Giovanni
2/15/2003-Cambreling; Mattei, Radvanovsky, Diener, Netrebko, Trost, Furlanetto

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila 2/25/2006-Villaume; Forbis, Borodina, Lafont

Verdi: Don Carlo
11/11/1950-Stiedry; Björling, Rigal, Merrill, Barbieri, Siepi

Britten: Billy Budd
3/31/1979-Leppard; Stilwell, Pears, Morris, Glossop, Ward

J. Strauss Jr.: Die Fledermaus
1/23/1954-Kozma; Steber, Kullman, Munsel, Hayward, Novotna, Brownlee

9:00 PM ET Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor 2/27/1937-Papi; Pons, Jagel, Brownlee, Pinza

12:00 AM ET Verdi: Macbeth
1/28/1984-Levine; Milnes, Scotto, Plishka, Ciannella

Sunday, November 24, 2013

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6:00 AM ET 9:00 AM ET

12:00 PM ET

6:00 PM ET

9:00 PM ET 12:00 AM ET

Meyerbeer: Le Prophète
1/29/1977-Lewis; McCracken, Scotto, Horne, Hines

Britten: Peter Grimes
2/11/1967-Davis; Vickers, Amara, Evans, Madeira, Chookasian

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg 1/23/1993-Levine; McIntyre, Mattila, Araiza, Svendén, Magnusson, Prey

Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera
2/19/1983-Guadagno; Neblett, Bergonzi, Nucci, Berini, Peters

The Met on Record: Mozart: Così fan tutte (1952) Steber, Tucker, Guarrera, Thebom, Peters, Alvary

Britten: Midsummer Night’s Dream
12/21/1996-Atherton; McNair, Gustafson, Bunnell, Kowalski, Streit, Gilfry

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What’s on Met Opera Radio This Week: October 28-Nov 3

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Monday, October 28, 2013

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6:00 AM ET 9:00 AM ET

12:00 PM ET 7:25 PM ET 12:00 AM ET

Gluck: Alceste
3/8/1941-Panizza; Bampton, Maison, Warren

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
1/22/1977-Conlon; Valente, Burrows, Shane, Plishka, Uppman

Wagner: Götterdämmerung
4/17/1993-Levine; Jones, Johns, Held, Plette, Salminen

Bellini: Norma (LIVE FROM THE MET) Frizza; Meade, Barton, Antonenko, Morris

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail
3/31/1984-Rudel; Malfitano, Araiza, Blegen, Creech, Korn

 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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6:00 AM ET

9:00 AM ET 12:00 PM ET 3:00 PM ET

7:55 PM ET 12:00 AM ET

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
2/24/2007-Gergiev; Hvorostovsky, Fleming, Vargas, Zaremba, Aleksashkin

Verdi: Aida
3/3/1962-Schick; Tucci, Dalis, Corelli, MacNeil, Tozzi

Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann
2/7/1959-Morel; Gedda, Dobbs, Elias, Amara, London, Vanni

Janácek: Kát’a Kabanová
1/9/1999-Mackerras; Malfitano, Forst, Karnéus, Straka, Baker

Puccini: Tosca (SEASON PREMIERE – LIVE FROM THE MET)
Frizza; Racette, Alagna, Gagnidze, Del Carlo

Verdi: Rigoletto
12/7/1968-Cleva; Merrill, Moffo, Bergonzi, Love, Michalski

 

 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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6:00 AM ET

9:00 AM ET 12:00 PM ET 3:00 PM ET 6:00 PM ET 9:00 PM ET 12:00 AM ET

Gounod: Roméo et Juliette
1/25/1986-Cambreling; Malfitano, Shicoff, Plishka, Harris, Schexnayder

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
2/26/2000-Rudel; Crider, Larin, White, Josephson

Donizetti: La Favorita
3/11/1978-López-Cobos; Verrett, Pavarotti, Milnes, Giaiotti

Massenet: Manon
12/21/1963-Schippers; Moffo, Gedda, Guarrera, Tozzi

R. Strauss: Elektra
2/27/1971-Böhm; Nilsson, Rysanek, Madeira, Stewart, Nagy

Gluck: Alceste
3/8/1941-Panizza; Bampton, Maison, Warren

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
1/22/1977-Conlon; Valente, Burrows, Shane, Plishka, Uppman

 

 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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6:00 AM ET 12:00 PM ET 3:00 PM ET 7:25 PM ET

12:00 AM ET

Wagner: Götterdämmerung
4/17/1993-Levine; Jones, Johns, Held, Plette, Salminen

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail
3/31/1984-Rudel; Malfitano, Araiza, Blegen, Creech, Korn

Verdi: Aida
3/3/1962-Schick; Tucci, Dalis, Corelli, MacNeil, Tozzi

Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (LIVE FROM THE MET)
Conlon; Kim, Davies, M. Rose, Kaiser, DeShong, Simpson, Wall, Costello

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
2/24/2007-Gergiev; Hvorostovsky, Fleming, Vargas, Zaremba, Aleksashkin

 

Friday, November 1, 2013

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6:00 AM ET 9:00 AM ET

12:00 PM ET 3:00 PM ET 6:00 PM ET

Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann
2/7/1959-Morel; Gedda, Dobbs, Elias, Amara, London, Vanni

Janácek: Kát’a Kabanová
1/9/1999-Mackerras; Malfitano, Forst, Karnéus, Straka, Baker

R. Strauss: Elektra
2/27/1971-Böhm; Nilsson, Rysanek, Madeira, Stewart, Nagy

Verdi: Rigoletto
12/7/1968-Cleva; Merrill, Moffo, Bergonzi, Love, Michalski

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
1/22/1977-Conlon; Valente, Burrows, Shane, Plishka, Uppman

9:00 PM ET
12:00 AM ET

 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Gounod: Roméo et Juliette
1/25/1986-Cambreling; Malfitano, Shicoff, Plishka, Harris, Schexnayder

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
2/26/2000-Rudel; Crider, Larin, White, Josephson

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6:00 AM ET 9:00 AM ET 12:00 PM ET 3:00 PM ET

6:00 PM ET

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail
3/31/1984-Rudel; Malfitano, Araiza, Blegen, Creech, Korn

Massenet: Manon
12/21/1963-Schippers; Moffo, Gedda, Guarrera, Tozzi

Gluck: Alceste
3/8/1941-Panizza; Bampton, Maison, Warren

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
2/24/2007-Gergiev; Hvorostovsky, Fleming, Vargas, Zaremba, Aleksashkin

Wagner: Götterdämmerung
4/17/1993-Levine; Jones, Johns, Held, Plette, Salminen

12:00 AM ET Donizetti: La Favorita
3/11/1978-López-Cobos; Verrett, Pavarotti, Milnes, Giaiotti

 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

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6:00 AM ET 9:00 AM ET 12:00 PM ET

3:00 PM ET

6:00 PM ET

9:00 PM ET 12:00 AM ET

R. Strauss: Elektra
2/27/1971-Böhm; Nilsson, Rysanek, Madeira, Stewart, Nagy

Verdi: Rigoletto
12/7/1968-Cleva; Merrill, Moffo, Bergonzi, Love, Michalski

Gounod: Roméo et Juliette
1/25/1986-Cambreling; Malfitano, Shicoff, Plishka, Harris, Schexnayder

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
2/26/2000-Rudel; Crider, Larin, White, Josephson

Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann
2/7/1959-Morel; Gedda, Dobbs, Elias, Amara, London, Vanni

This Month at the Met

Verdi: Aida
3/3/1962-Schick; Tucci, Dalis, Corelli, MacNeil, Tozzi

 

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       Monday, October 28

Young Singers: Too fast, Too Soon?…Where has the Golden Age Gone?

The following article was published today in The Economist by E.H.B and I thought it would open discussion on a few very important topics that are very timely.  Feel free to send your opinions and thoughts.

Who Will Sing “Aida” by E.H.B (The Economist)

 

There are some large issues this article highlights:  1) young singers being forced into roles that are too large for their vocal size, 2) older singers (and I mean mid 40s) who are considered too “old” for certain roles and seemingly weened out of role contention, and 3) preparation of young singers and relying on technique to sustain a career in the opera profession.

I agree that young singers are more readily offered roles that are too big for them to handle.  I also agree that middle-aged singers are being left out of the mix for fresher, more youthful faces.  Had this been the case years ago, Leontyne Price, Birgit Nilsson, Kirsten Flagstad, Marilyn Horne, Joan Sutherland, and Luciano Pavarotti….to name a few, would have been taken out of the mix before they had a chance to reach the peak of their vocal prowess.  How stupid a situation this is?  But where does this all stem from?  It stems from the voice studio, from the teacher, from the technique.

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Flagstad as Isolde

If young singers (and when I say young singers I mean anyone who is beginning to learn to use their voice regardless of age) are not provided with a technique that is able to withstand the rigours of major arias and roles, then what is the point of sending someone with a beautiful voice and face head first into the echelon of auditions?  Years ago, this was a lesser problem because singers found teachers who used techniques that worked, Marchesi, Malocchi, Lamperti, Garcia, for example.  Nowadays its all about making domes in the back of the mouth and finding resonances in the back of one’s head with no placement whatsoever and no vowels to be heard of except for some that are lost in a swash of fluttering or wobbling.  Really?  I went to school for years before I actually had a teacher who taught “a technique” and not one that they conjured up in their own fantasy by giving analogies of puppets hanging from strings.  On what green earth does anyone think that a voice produced that way will carry past an orchestra to 3000 people? Ever heard of singing in the masque? Mmm….interesting concept isn’t it, using your face? Ever heard of the first rule of opera…one that was fashioned in the mid 1600s when Monteverdi and the Camerata were fashioning the form of opera:  SI CANTA COME SI PARLA…..yeah, that’s right.  “You sing as you speak!”

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Mathilde Marchesi

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Singers are being thrust into roles too heavy for them and it seems that larger voices are being produced less and less because techniques are no longer the same as they were years ago, thus impeding the singer from projecting fully or using their full sound capacity.  So, if we have smaller voices, of course they can’t sing Aida or Tosca!  Then, we decide that middle-aged singers aren’t “glamorous” enough for Mimi or Tosca so let’s just throw young singers in, even if they ruin their voices, even if it makes them push, even if it makes them sing uncomfortably.  Who cares! Right!? WRONG!!! (Rigoletto’s motive of LA MALEDIZIONE plays loudly).

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Claudio Monteverdi “The Music is the Mistress of the Words”

The Golden Age of singing was the Golden Age because even the comprimario roles were sung with exquisite voices that had the technique to withstand the rigours of opera.  Was it just that genius singers were born during that age and we’ll never hear the likes of them again? What are the odds of that? I think not.  There are many excellent voices today, in fact, there are spectacular voices out there but the real concern is making sure those voices fall into the right hands, acquire a sturdy technique, have good support from their vocal teacher, coaches, and then later agents, who understand the voice and are there to PROTECT the singer, not their pocketbooks.

Frankly, I think this article opens up an important discussion and although my comments may seem harsh, I’m being honest about how “I” feel about these issues.  It’s just my opinion.  I’d love to hear yours.

“Two Boys” Broadcast Tomorrow night on Met Opera Radio and LIVE on the Met Opera Website

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The Metropolitan Opera Presents Nico Muhly’s “Two Boys”

Monday October 21, 2013.

Broadcast on Sirius/XM Radio and Live on the Met Opera Listen Live

Broadcast begins at 7:55pm

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