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This is absolutely the right decision - judging by the Tosca HD transmission from New York (recently seen again on Sky Arts), this is simply NOT a role for her. She also made a hash of another Puccini heroine in her Manon Lescaut, also seen transmitted live from the Met. I am sure her considerable talents will be put to better use elsewhere, and I applaud her intelligence and her lucidity in making this choice. Others please copy.
No too distant case smoking is banned in open spaces too.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2010 on Francesca da Rimini at Holland Park at Intermezzo
The salt and pepper guy is Neil Shicoff, but cute and Shicoff do not belong in the same sentence. On the other hand, should have gone and Specsavers do...
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2010 on kocht up special at Intermezzo
Nothing like bladder emptying to provoke comments...
The Kensington gore flowed a little too freely...I am just back from the performance and did enjoy the opportunity as I had never seen Francesca before. Malatestino far too old but respectable performances from most of the cast. I never understood the point of the jester...
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2010 on Francesca da Rimini at Holland Park at Intermezzo
Hear hear Vecchio John! And hope you too, Intermezzo, can hear the wonderful Forza. Even the peacocks stayed silent (if not a pesky helicopter on Saturday evening).
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2010 on Wagner window: 13 at Intermezzo
Of course there is a connection between performances and cough sweets - I have a friend who takes them to the opera and doles them out to irritating consumptives in the neighbouring seats.
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2010 on Wagner Window: 12 at Intermezzo
I have just seen JDF in a Concert Lyrique with Natalie Dessay in Orange (programme here : The Theatre Antique seats 8,500 people, and a fierce Mistral was blowing, so his voice did not really sound at its best. The partitions were blowing all over the stage (and it seems that Dessay still needs to read her music after performing the operas so recently). One of the French TV presenters later referred to Florez as "an up and coming Mexican-American young tenor"...Also heard in the crowd "J'ai été vraiment déçu par le ténor". Of course the French all worship their very own Natalie, and no matter how squally and screechy she was at times, they applauded her to the heavens.
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