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    Well, actually it was. One can hear pitch problems and forcing but she had a way of engulfing a role that made you sit up and take notice. She seemed like she truly inhabited Marguerite.
    Sadly, however poorly she was voice-trained (can you say Villazon?) she had a vocal crisis.
    I am glad she is a real estate agent in NY.
    May she be ever happy.

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    Monon. Have seen this production with Lisette Oropesa as Manon. But Anna is absolutely captivating too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
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    Apparently it was not just voice problems:

    https://slippedisc.com/2020/05/when-...-estate-agent/
    My sister gave up singing not too many years after having a daughter as having an au pair becomes a problem after a while. It is hard to fit in an opera career for a mother. Even without voice problems it becomes more problematic playing the young ingenue when one gets past middle age, an age when dramatic sopranos come into their own. Many wealthy New Yorkers are opera fans and I think they might be intrigued to have a diva as an agent, especially one so lovely and nice. If her husband is an Upper Manhattan real estate agent, they must be doing well.

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    Poplavskaya didn't have a particularly beautiful voice, but she could be dramatically convincing. Unfortunately her high notes were often shrill screams that were way under the note. I'm not surprised that she changed career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    Poplavskaya didn't have a particularly beautiful voice, but she could be dramatically convincing. Unfortunately her high notes were often shrill screams that were way under the note. I'm not surprised that she changed career.

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    I found out she married an opera singer who is the uncle of an acquaintance of mine. She is no longer married to him but was rumored to have married him for a green card. I agree, her voice wasn't very pretty but she was was dramatically good for the part. I would have loved to have heard Joan Sutherland singing the part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattleoperafan View Post
    I found out she married an opera singer who is the uncle of an acquaintance of mine. She is no longer married to him but was rumored to have married him for a green card. I agree, her voice wasn't very pretty but she was was dramatically good for the part. I would have loved to have heard Joan Sutherland singing the part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    I've heard bits of it on Youtube but actually I now remember hearing Sutherland in a historic Saturday matinee performance on Sirius years ago and it was great. I'm sure this lady was much lovelier on video than Joan in the part, but Joan was vocally leaps and bounds better.

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    Damnation of Faust. Looks amazing

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    Ernani - great singing. Pity about the plot!

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    I wish they cast a dashing, broody tenor who can act as Ernani just ONCE, then I would maybe understand why Elvira prefers him over dat hot baritone...

    Castronovo could probably be great. Jonas too but he's doing heavier rep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sieglinde View Post
    I wish they cast a dashing, broody tenor who can act as Ernani just ONCE, then I would maybe understand why Elvira prefers him over dat hot baritone...

    Castronovo could probably be great. Jonas too but he's doing heavier rep.
    This is no excuse Del Monaco and Domingo did also heavier (Italian) rep.

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    Les Troyans by Berlioz

    Magnificent production but I won’t be able to see it all in one evening. Berlioz did get a bit carried away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Les Troyans by Berlioz

    Magnificent production but I won’t be able to see it all in one evening. Berlioz did get a bit carried away!
    I agree... But we can happily sit through Götterdämmerung without batting an eye!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VitellioScarpia View Post
    I agree... But we can happily sit through Götterdämmerung without batting an eye!
    Correction - you can!

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    Bellini La Sonnambula

    Beautiful,y sung but the most idiotic production imaginable which makes no sense whatever. Who on earth employs these hacks?

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