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Abigaille, 3 sizes too large for Maria Guleghina
on 12 January 2012
What must have been a wonderful evening at the Met. was ruined for me by Maria Guleghina who could get nowhere near the extremely difficult tessitura and coloratura of the role. The role is far too taxing for her.
Souliotis managed it for a few years, as did Ghena Dimitrova - but even she with her ample voice could not manange the coloratura runs. Callas in the early 1950's could cope. What a pity EMI cannot clean up the old recording to issue. Just listen to the EMI Macbeth!
Staging, presentation and DTS sound are good.