MESSAGES AND COMMENTS on PERFORMANCES

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MADAMA BUTTERFLY -MET

 March 30, 2002

Dear mr. Armiliato,

I have been coming to the MET for over 30 years but I am not in the habit of writing to the singers. Today, my husband and I saw “Butterfly”, an opera we have seen many times before and always enjoyed but today’s performance with you and Daniela Dessì in the role of Pinkerton and Cio-Cio-San was outstanding. It is rare to attend a performance that makes such an impact. It will be one we will compare other production with.

Ther are several new tenors on the world of opera stages and I have liked most of the ones I’ve heard. They have all sounded good but your voice is more than good, it is great. Some tenors seem to rely on a highly emotional singing style to mask flaws in the voice but not you. I am not a professional musician but I do know what I like. Your voice is exhilarating. It has a beautiful rich, clarion tone which seems to flow effortlessly and your emotional performance was gut-wrenching. I want to see overt passion on stage. I want to share the feelings the character feels. I want to see uninhibited acting. I got so emotionally involved in the opera than the tears were streaming down my face !

Again, BRAVI for you and Ms Dessì. Thank you for a memorable performance.

Sincerely
LOUISE SIMMONS
Harrison, NY 10528

March 30, 2002

Dear Mr. Armiliato,

Much appreciation for you performance as Pinkerton. There is much vocal beauty in your singing throughout all that you do, and it is specially good to hear you and Ms Dessì in a fine performance with your brother as conductor. This is certainly one of the highest points at the Metropolitan Opera.

God bless you throughout your special career

Carl E. Vlasak
Euclid, OHIO

 

Date: March 30, 2002 02:56 PM
Author: Raymond Bailey (
raymond608@aol.com)
Subject: Todays Butterfly?

Is my puter acting up or am I the first one to log on to todays broadcast? I thought it really a good performance. Had a few goose bumps through several passages. Any comments? Am really a lurker but I really thought it an exiting afternoon.

 

Date: March 30, 2002 03:11 PM
Author: Eileen (
epfaff1@yahoo.com)
Subject: Todays Butterfly?

I love this opera. I must have heard it or seen it maybe 100 times, with all the wonderful divas who ever sang it. Butterfly never made me cry until today. Dessi sounded so sweet. I don't know how she looked at the Met, but her acting sounded absolutely wonderful.

Fabio must have been practicing. I have seen him on stage and never thought he was one for nuances or subtleties. But today it was all there. Great legato too.

Also, the conducting was first rate and the orchestra sounded great.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Date: March 30, 2002 03:43 PM
Author: david glass (
davidmglass@earthlink.net)
Subject: Todays Butterfly?

I enjoyed the performance very much. I thought Dessì was convincing as Cio-Cio-San, as she actually sounded like a young girl. Anyone know how old she actually is?

I love the music in this opera. I think that in Butterfly the plot takes a back seat to Cio-Cio-San's capricious and delicate mental state. The music is almost without break a continuous reflection of what's taking place in her head: her hopes and fears are expressed as much in her singing as in the orchestra. It's like being able to read someone's thoughts, as it's what she is thinking rather than what she is doing (which is very little until she kills herself) that makes the work so fascinating to me.

 

Date: March 31, 2002 04:57 AM
Author: Melvin Rosenberg (
mrosenbe@optonline.net)
Subject: Todays Butterfly?

Let's get right to the point. This has not been exactly an exciting year listening to the broadcasts. That is, until today. I was even able to put my simultaneous reading matter aside for the three hours and concentrate solely on the performance.

 

Date:         Thu, 28 Mar 2002 09:53:34 EST

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From:         Vera Vipera <ViperaVera@AOL.COM>

Subject:      Met Butterfly:Dessi, Armiliato

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I found Miss Dessi's portrayal of the doomed Cio-Cio-San to be excellent. Her voice is one of the most gorgeous in the middle that I think I have heard.  I found her vocally satisfying, and quite moving. She still reminds me of a young Jo Van Fleet facially, she moves well and it was nice to hear a real Italian along with her paramour Mr. Armiliato singing this role.

Mr. Armiliato sang one of the best performances I have ever heard form him…This was very, very fine. He sang with tons of italianità, and squillo, loved it.

This should make for a very nice broadcast on Saturday.

Vera

Date:         Sat, 30 Mar 2002 17:08:13 -0500
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Subject:      Butterfly - Deception, Farrell, etc.
 

I wasn't too excited about tuning in to the broadcast today, so must admit I was quite surprised at how good it all came together. Dessi sounded involved and often thrilling with some awfully nice shading of the text.  The audience sure seemed to enjoy her….. Still I found myself surprisingly moved by her performance.  Fabio Armiliato continues to impress me more and more.

p.

CARMEN - Washington

Date:         Fri, 24 May 2002 20:23:50 +0000
Reply-To:     Mike Fekula <fmtico1@fastmail.fm>
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From:         Mike Fekula <fmtico1@FASTMAIL.FM>
Subject:      WashOpera's Carmen

I have enjoyed Fabio Armiliato every time I have seen him and last night, he did a fine job as Don Jose. The way I understand this role, the tenor has to be able to portray a tough soldier who is all bent out of shape with infatuation for this manipulative woman. Armiliato is a tall, wiry guy who was able to deliver the goods. His Act II aria "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée" received a very long sustained applause from the crowd and justifiable so.

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Date:         Mon, 3 Jun 2002 16:43:34 -0400
Reply-To:     Lucinda Hughes <lucinder@COMCAST.NET>
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From:         Lucinda Hughes <lucinder@COMCAST.NET>
Subject:      And one Carmen

About the tenor, I didn't hear the replacement, but I did like the original, Fabio Armiliato. I loved the nuanced, intense way he had with the flower song, and his acting in the last scene. He didn't look very Spanish either, but it didn't seem to matter so much. He has a skinny Appalachian kind of toughness -- you imagine him carrying a shotgun, not a knife.

But I like Armiliato: I liked his "Ah, si ben mio" in Trovatore last season, and I would welcome seeing him in other operas.

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