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Posted by on Jun 7, 2010 in News | 1 comment

Diva Antics To Blame for Traviata Meltdown?

Diva Antics To Blame for Traviata Meltdown?

by Christie Connolley

SlatkinOperagasm asked you, our beloved readers, if it was inappropriate for singers to lash out publicy at a director because they disliked, or in this case, abhorred the show.  A new article by Matt Stryker of the Free Press details what transpired with Leonard Slatkin and his infamous departure from the Met’s La Traviata.  The maestro paints an unflattering picture of soprano, Angela Gheorghiu and the Met altogether:

“Gheorghiu later skipped a key rehearsal claiming fatigue and at the dress rehearsal, said Slatkin, ‘went off the charts’ — singing flat, missing entrances and distorting phrases beyond recognition. Slatkin faults Met management for not stepping in to broker a musical resolution.”

Valid criticism or sour grapes?

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1 Comment

  1. Very interesting. I would have liked to read more from the Met, Angela Gheorghiu and Thomas Hampson to make a more informed decision of the situation, but I believe strictly from the article that Slatkin did his best to take command of conducting the opera as well as diffuse any negative criticism and eventually bow out gracefully.

    Unfortunately, these happen sometimes. The ball gets dropped, and there’s nothing you can do about it but pick up the pieces, keep moving forward and hope you’ve learned from this experience to make the next one better.

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