Mittwoch, 28. Januar 2009

Lucia's wedding scene

Here can you listen to the wedding scene of Lucia (where Rolando's voice cracked =*()

Click here for reading the NY Times' report about Lucia.

Thanks to Rhodri for the information !


Anonym hat gesagt…

I hope this is not the end of his carrer When he cracks again on his next performance Feb 7. I think he is finished at least in the USA.

ChristinaLuise hat gesagt…

First I have say that his next performance is today (and on 03rd) and then I must say that I don't agree with you at all !

Anonym hat gesagt…

You´re very young and it seems to me that you do not know how the "opera" business works. Your are a little naive.
I(52 years old) have seen a lot of tenors come and go. I´m following the opera scene for over 30 years now.
When he cracks two times in a row again he is finished at least in in the USA. It has nothing to do with wrong or wright its the truth.The opera world can live perfectly without Rolando. We´ve a lot of other young tenors like Jonas Kaufmann who is in a very good form much better then Rolando I suggest you watch his Carmen performance its out now even on blu ray. Or his performance in La traviata with Anna much better than the Salzburg Traviata.
Rolando is right now miles away to become an extraordinary Tenor like Fritz Wunderlich-the greatest tenor ever lived or Tenors like Pavarotti, Di Stefano, Gigli, Caruso etc. Rolando isn´t even in the Top 10. When a tenor has archived something and he cracks people will forget the first and second and even the third time. But Rolando has nothing archived in the USA. He cannot crack three times in a row without being punished and sent home.

Lisa hat gesagt…

I don't think Christina is naive. Why do you look up this blog so often when you don't like Rolando?
Rolando did not feel well on Monday, maybe he was ill, but he wanted to sing. He didn't want to disappoint Anna or the audiences and I think we have to honour this.
For me, and I'm sure for many others too, Rolando is a wonderful tenor with a great career in the past AND in the future. And yes, I think he's still in the Top 10!

Anonym hat gesagt…

Still in the Top Ten??

How could he be still in the Top ten when he never was in it??? Please explain.
Wie should Honour his terrible performance? Why?
If he is ill he better go to bed and not on stage.It´s quite simple and there´s nothing more to say about it really.

It´s a disgrace for this famous opera house and is nothing but very bad publicity for him. Only a few hardcore fans will honour such behaviour but for them Rolando cannot do wrong. But for opera fans worldwide this performance was just a bad mistake.

You ask me: "Why do you look up this blog so often when you don't like Rolando? "

?? I cannot understand this either. I´ve only posted two times and found this page just a few days ago so what are you talking about looking up so often????
Please explain!

ChristinaLuise hat gesagt…

I think that everybody can have his own opinion, so I don't want to delete any comment. I think we have to accept all opinions, doesn't matter if I share the opinion or not. But the point is -like Lisa said already - that this is a fan place for Anna and Rolando and not a place to talk about how bad they are. I think now you will mention that despite it's a fan base we should not ignore the reality. Yes I agree, we should not ignore the reality, but the reality is that Anna and Rolando are even humans ! They can have a bad day, an illness or something else. All people are welcome at my blog, but if you are only here for critizising please don't post any comments anymore and don't read the blog !

Cardiff Traviata hat gesagt…

Okay - cracking - I'm pretty sure that most singers have managed to do this on numerous occasions in their careers and have lived to tell the tale.

The problem today is that with recording devices being more readily available and of a better quality than yesteryear there is a greater chance of a singer's cracking being preserved for posterity. Add to this the illimitable means of dissemination that is the internet then an off-night or two can be heard by countless armchair critics who can declare the end of a career.

With regards to Rolando's place in the pantheon of tenors I can't, in all honesty, place him at number "whatever" in any Top Ten simply because I am a relative newcomer to the world of opera. But as someone who has seen performers as diverse as Kurt Cobain and BB King live, two greats in their musical spheres, I can only say that Rolando shares the same innate ability of these artists to compel the audience to forget their days and to follow the story that is being played out on the stage in front of them. Isn't this what a performing art should be all about?

As for his career in the USA - it is quite sad to see that the lack of any perceived success within one's own country should act as a barometer of a person's worth. I freely admit that singers such as Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato and Deborah Voigt are without doubt worth paying to see even though they have never sung in my country - Wales, where having grown up in an environment of choral singing and Eisteddfodau I do know what is a good voice and what isn't.

At the end of the day we all have our own likes and dislikes in all manner of things from food, to politics to television shows. I think that Vikram Seth is one of the greatest living writers on this planet, but I know that many people will disagree with me about this. And I welcome this difference of opinion, as it's proof that people can think for themselves and not just go with the same old flow. Some people think that Pavarotti is the greatest tenor that lived, others Domingo, Wunderlich, di Stefano, Gigli, Gedda, Caruso (despite the poor recordings...only kidding!). I, as I said waaaay back at the beginning of this post, can't lay claim to decades of operatic knowledge so I have to rely on my instinct, and my instinct tells me that I'm bloody glad that all those great tenors mentioned above have meant so much to so many people, just as I'm equally glad that Rolando means so much to so many people today as it shows that people can still be moved by something as simple as the human voice, and I for one will hope that he has a long and worthwhile career. And if he cracks now and then? So what? I'm not a great lover of perfection - it denies us the joy of being human.

ChristinaLuise hat gesagt…

Thank you Rhodri for your comment ! Great !