Which diva is more than a little miffed at Met management at the moment? It seems that a major cast change in her opera was a done deal — even posted on metopera.org — while she waited for a frank — or for any — word from those in charge.
I have not noticed any changes… Except that I do not recall Norah Ansellem being scheduled for the last three Gildas of the season. Was Mary Dunleavy scheduled for one of those? Aside from that, divas for Tosca, Lohengrin, Parsifal and Rodelinda seem to be the same.. although I could be wrong. Ideas, anyone?
I was at the Traviata this past friday and the audience was lukewarm. The replacement tenor for Frank Lopardo (the name i forgot) was not good in my opinion—such a small, strained voice, i did not really like him. As for Hong, I thought, she was better than i expected, no high e of course…didnt think she would/could? anyway. As for the Lohengrin on monday night, i didnt think the replacement of Stephan West caused much of any problem… the replacement seemed alright, though overwhelmed occasionally. Other people such as DeVol, Mattila, Heppner, Fink were in relatively good shape. I dont really care all that much for king henry anyway.
It has to be Franco Farina. He has replaced Giordani for the run of Tosca. I was hoping to go, as it will be the last parade of Zeffirelli’s production, but I will seriously have to think about it now…. 8-(
I still think it’s Fleming in reference to Manon earlier this month. Marcelo Alvarez was listed as Des Grieux in the season brochure, not Massimo Giordano who actually sang — so that’s the casting change.
Hans Lick has to add Il Tenore di Grazia to the Kwiecien fan list. I saw him for the first time Friday evening in the last Don Pasquale of the season and much enjoyed his performance. Would love to see him as Don Giovanni.