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17 May 2005



I used to be one of the children performers at the Met Children's Chorus under Elena Doria. Now it is almost 18 years later, and I am now 28 years old, baal'teshuva Lubavich, and I am fascinated by your site. Would you believe that one hour ago, I looked up Elena Doria on the web because I had the intense intuition that I am supposed to return to the opera scene, if it is Hashem's will. I am in my last year of law school now, but the experience from the MET has never left me, and it is so engraved in me that I am considering "coming home" to either work or perform at the opera house if it is still a path that is open to me. This is how I found your site. I will read more, but I believe that I can learn something from you.


Thanks for confirming what I also heard in San Francisco some years back, the miraculous Mirella Freni as Tatyana in "Eugene Onegin." She was much too old to be playing a 16-year-old girl and yet you believed every second of it and by the end of the Letter Scene I wasn't sure I was going to be able to make it through the whole opera.

The problem, of course, is that once you've experienced that kind of perfection in a role, any subsequent production with different performers is always going to feel a bit inadequate, something I realized when San Francisco put on a Eurotrash version of "Onegin" last season with a young, dreary Russian soprano.

Brava to Mirella. She's one of the few singers of any sort (Carlo Bergonzi and Alfredo Kraus are the only others that come to mind) who knew how to take care of her voice long past the usual expiration date. We definitely are not worthy.

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