Diva Antics To Blame for Traviata Meltdown?
by Christie Connolley
Operagasm 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?