Metropolitan Opera to see Angela Meade. She is older than I thought. When she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2007, she was 30. In 2008 she covered Sondra Radvanovsky in Ernani, which I reviewed here, and one day when Sondra was ill, Angela made her professional opera debut as Elvira at the Met. Let's just skip all that comprimario role stuff, what do you say?
So then in 2011 she won the Richard Tucker award, and in 2012 the Beverly Sills award. Last fall she alternated with Anna Netrebko in Anna Bolena. Believe it or not, she's done some other stuff. You can see how a person would be curious.
This is the kind of voice anyone is looking for. It's a prettier sound than Sondra's voice, and it's heavy enough to soar easily over the orchestra and chorus. What does anyone want? Coloratura with weight. If you've got it, flaunt it. And to top it off she appears to be easy to get along with and does whatever she's told. This is the magic combination. Richard Tucker only goes to singers who bring weight to the table. Oh. Sorry. That means her voice has weight. She is best described as a spinto, I think. She makes it all look easy.
I would like to hear her in an opera I actually liked. Ernani is very annoying. Two of the cast, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Marcello Giordani, were in this the last time I saw it. The cast added Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Don Carlo. He sticks to his smooth lyricism, and it works very well.
I felt concerned for Giordani again this time. He struggled with his part the entire time. He should listen to Luciano, who did the best version ever of this opera, for the way he resonates his vowels. Vowels are the key. Instead Giordani muscles his voice around in a very disturbing way.
The Met puts together such fabulous casts for Verdi. Marco Armiliato conducted.
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