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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

And So It Goes.

Once again, Marcelo Alvarez is out:
Roberto Aronica will sing the role of Don José in the February 7 and 11 matinee performances of Bizet’s Carmen, replacing the originally scheduled Marcelo Álvarez, who is ill.
Italian tenor Aronica has sung Don José at Italy’s Teatro Regio di Torino and Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Following his company debut in 1998 as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, he starred as the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto and in three Puccini roles: Rodolfo in La Bohème, Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and Cavaradossi in Tosca. Later this season, he will reprise the role of Don José at La Fenice and sing des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at Naples’s Teatro di San Carlo.
The February 7 and 11 matinee performances of Carmen will be conducted by Asher Fisch and will star Cleméntine Margaine in the title role with Maria Agresta as Micaëla and Kyle Ketelsen as Escamillo.

10 comments:

Cameron Kelsall said...

Well, I guess I have my answer as to who I'm hearing now. I heard Aronica in Tosca last season, and in Butterfly about a decade ago. He makes a big sound, but it tends toward the unwieldy. Like Marco Berti, he's never fully been able to shed the provincialism from his delivery.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Marco Berti sang in SF a couple of times - and was pretty bad.

Cameron Kelsall said...

I recently heard Berti as Calaf in Philly (opposite Goerke's Turandot and Joyce El-Khoury, the best Liu I've heard in a while) and it was very unpleasant. The man just doesn't sing legato at all. It's one of the loudest voices I've ever heard in house, but there's no beauty at all. (Interestingly, I thought he wasn't half bad as Canio at the Met last winter, when he jumped in for Alagna.)

Lisa Hirsch said...

We haven't had El-Khoury here, but I hope we will.

Berti: you can imagine how he was as Manrico if I tell you that his Calaf was much better. :)

G said...

Well, that decides it! I'm giving my ticket for the 7th away, and going to see Ann Hallenberg do Juditha Triumphans instead.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Aaaah, another Parterre Box reader. I must check out today's Trove Thursday.

G said...

Yeah, though mostly only on Thursdays hah. I don't love the experience on mobile, or how a vast majority of the content is contained in comments, which is inconvenient due to the first problem.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Switching to Disqus was maybe not the best decision from a user experience viewpoint, indeed.

G said...

While we're complaining about user experience, I find Slippedisc impossible. Whoever set that up clearly went out of their way to break the browser back button, and I refuse to use the one they provide (for Google Ads fiddling purposes?).

(Issues with its orchestra-hirings/firings/resignations-and-lawsuits-involving-musicians content aside.)

Lisa Hirsch said...

Lebrecht is so vile I try to ignore him, despite his having excellent gossip. When SFS's principal oboe collapsed on stage (and subsequently died), Lebrecht published his family's HOME ADDRESS until a bunch of people told him to take it down.