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re: New ADRIANA LECOUVREUR at the Met
Posted by: NewtonUK 09:51 am EST 01/02/19
In reply to: re: New ADRIANA LECOUVREUR at the Met - Chromolume 07:16 pm EST 01/01/19

PS. I wasn't comparing the music of 'vissi d'arte' with the big Adriana aria - just the my life and art motif in the lyrics. I think this aria falls at an unfortunate place in the score for the soprano - she has barely uttered a sound, and has to to then come forth with her 'big number'.
Puccini almost always handled this better - whether Rodolfo or Mimi or Tosca or Scarpia or Musetta or Mario etc etc, they get to enter, sing for a bit, and finally get to their first big arias after they have had a chance to get their sea legs so to speak. Her its pretty much, Hi, How are You, SING! Netrebko sounded OK - but as has been posted, her voice has had various issues over the past several seasons.

The only negative thing I can say about the performance really is that there was a gent and a lady in standing room behind my seat, screaming 'Bravo' after every aria, I mean screaming. And every time Netrebko hugged a character or kissed, or looked sad, the gentleman let audible sounds and words. Truly annoying. (And of course, didnt know the difference between Bravo, Brava, and Bravi. But knew EEVRYTHING about opera, don't you know)
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