Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Go girl!



Opera News, July 2007:

IN REVIEW
VIENNA — Elektra, Wiener Staatsoper, 4/23/07
July 2007 , vol 71 , no.1
Opera-lovers hold a special place in their hearts for the diva wise enough to know when to move on. Agnes Baltsa, who turns sixty-three this year, may have tossed Carmen's rose or given Samson a haircut for the last time, but she sounds (and looks) as if she still could. At Wiener Staatsoper's fiftieth-anniversary gala in 2005, Baltsa wiped the stage clear of any pretenders to the title of diva with a scorching rendition of Aida's judgment scene duet (with Plácido Domingo), and later bailed out the company when another pretender was fired three days before the opening of L'Italiana in Algeri. Baltsa's first-ever Klytämnestra in Elektra (seen April 23) reminded the listener that this role can, indeed, be performed by a singer in prime vocal health. What a pleasure it is to hear all of Strauss's notes sung as written, with no screams on high or guttural swoops into chest voice! Baltsa's instrument remains basically untarnished by time, only a tad less opulent. Commanding the stage with a haughty, regal air, she looked spectacular (blond hair peeking out from a skullcap, a glittering black sequined gown, a slash of scarlet lipstick), suggesting that the queen's infirmity is purely psychosomatic. Klytämnestra tells us it is her mind that is "zerfressen von den Motten" (devoured by moths), and Baltsa used Hofmannsthal's creepily expressive text to create a portrait of guilt-induced hysteria. Few and effective were Baltsa's interpolations — a cackle, a groan, a sudden snarl. Her only miscalculation was her second offstage death scream: sounding more like she was sick to her stomach, the ensuing noise garnered hearty laughter. Alas, Deborah Polaski does not share Baltsa's wisdom: her voice is no longer capable of fulfilling Elektra's duties....etc etc

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7 comments:

Gloriana said...

Eleos poios ta grafei ayta?

mahler76 said...

Kapoios pou akouge tin Elektra apo cd tin ora pou evlepe tin parastasi, an den eihe tiflothei apo tis skinothetikes malakies...

Gloriana said...

XAXAXA,MAHLER POLY KALO!

Parsifal said...

Sixameres kampies, mh milate etsi gia thn Agnes mou.

Aντώνης said...

Δώστα όλα, Αγνή! Στα μετόπισθεν, Parsifal!!!!

mahler76 said...

Kai kala ego ime kakia aderfi esi Gloriana ti dikaiologia eheis na hairesai me ta sholia mou??? (peran tou oti eheis amfanos kalo gousto?)

Gloriana said...

More tin pao me 1000 tin Agni, alla aytoi oi roloi den einai gi'aytin. Einai gia dramatikes mezzes. Pantos bravo tis giati epeidi skinika einai talentara ta fernei bolta.
Alla tin eidame more stin Kytaimnistra kai den einai etsi opos ta leei o mparmpas sto OPERA NOW (krima giati to eixa kai se ektimisi to periodikaki...).

Ystera, akoysame kai tin Polaski. Entaxi mazi me tin Makris kai tin Johansson einai oi pio axioprepeis elektres aytin tin epoxi. Den mporei na tin apaxioneis etsi.

Aytia exoyme kai matia kai blepoyme re gmt...

TI na po... opos leei kai to filaraki Orfeo, isos ego eimai lathos telika...