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Subject: Re: Rene Fleming Song Recital- musical disgrace
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On Nov 12, 8:03=A0pm, wagnerfan <ivanmax...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:32:43 +0000, Christopher Webber
> <zarzu...@zarzuela.invalid.net> wrote:
> >Personally I would forgive anything for the "Caro nome" counting routine
> >she did with the Muppets a couple of decades ago, which ended with her
> >being mobbed by pigs in trilby hats, accordion-playing sheep and
> >amazonian bananas. Total joy:
> >There's no problem at all with her musicality. She's a very sensitive
> >artist as singers go, with a commendably curious mind and wide taste in
> >recital material stretching even to ultra-rare Rimsky arias. However -
> >not surprisingly given the length of her career - there are increasing
> >problems nowadays, both with the infamous trademark "La Scoopenda"
> >mannerisms and her general vocal health.
> >In a week which has seen so much pompous moralising about one failing
> >American Institution, I'm surprised to read the treachery visited upon
> >another, equally beloved one. It smells like snobbery, maybe because
> >(unlike The President) she's committed the cardinal sin of getting
> >popular and staying so.
> Snobbery??? no just good taste. These "mannerisms" are not as you
> indicate a recent occurence but have been going on for over five
> years. And it is never good musicality to sing in a blowsy, jazzy,
> scoopy and hooty way regardless of the repertory. Why do you call it
> treachery???? Do you think there is some kind of conspiracy against
> this "beloved figure" From what I understand she is a very nice lady
> in person but that has nothing to do with what she gives us on stage.
> If I loathe the current way she sings, why attack me or assume I don't
> like her because she's popular (where did you pull that from??)??? its
> just a matter of where one's pain threshold lies.
No, it's just that opera queens like you, once they turn on a singer,
do it with mercilous viciousness.
Go listen to Callas and her screeching. And do a double swoon.