Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The plot thickens

Again, I wasn't there (I'll attend if Joseph Calleja shows up... or Natalie Dessay), but after singing one no-massive-crackup performance and declaring himself fit last Saturday for this Saturday's Lucia moviecast, Rolando Villazon canceled last night's Lucia and was replaced by Giuseppe Filianoti.

Given how poorly bel canto roles now fit Anna Netrebko (to think that this is the singer I once so admired as Lyudmila!), my earlier "let's call the whole thing off" suggestion is looking better and better.

UPDATE (10:30PM): And there it is -- no Villazon in the moviecast.

I hope he somehow recovers, sooner or later.


  1. YES! YES! YES! The Polish tenor is IN for the HD broadcast. Mr. Beczala is the best choice. Gelb has some sense after all.

    Maybe there is an "opera god". I have been hoping that Mr. Bean won't be singing in the HD broadcast ever since the MET announced the HD broadcasts. It is my fault that I never understand the fuss about Mr. Bean.

  2. This is good news. Beczala is 10 times the singer that Rolando is. More Beczala, please. Less Rolando.


Absolutely no axe-grinding, please.