This is getting ridiculous.
I'm as excited about new blood as anyone, but Angela Meade sounded years away from legitimate dramatic coloratura leads even in winning the Met Council Finals last year. Hardly a fair trade for Radvanovsky, I'm afraid.
UPDATE (11:30PM): Microphones lie, and I only caught the last hour, but at least on broadcast Meade sounded quite good. This has, of course, little bearing on how she actually sounded in the house -- though the crowd seemed to like her.
UPDATE 2 (3/22): Micaela was there, and offers a generally positive report.