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Leonard Slatkin hits again. "She went off the charts"

"If we still couldn't work it out, then one of us would have had to go, but it should have happened after the dress rehearsal," said Leonard Slatkin in an interview by Mark Stryker from Detroit Free Press published today. He decided to break the silence and speak about what happened at the Met, during the rehearsals for Traviata and during the first performance. He defends himself, recognizes his mistakes, he accuses some people but in the end he decides to conduct the opening night because Peter Gelb reassures him: 'Whatever you're doing, just keep it that way. I know she's difficult, but you're doing fine.' ". Well, a little bit lame, if you ask me.


  1. One fair criticism he makes is her constant holding of notes beyond the cutoff.

    She does it constantly and it is obviously intentional, no one could possibly make a mistake every time - it is really unprofessional and also disrespectful not only to the conductor, but to the other singers and also to the composer. I can easily see why that would infuriate a conductor.

    I have never understood why such a well established artist would resort to such a provincial attention getting ploy as that one.

  2. During that now infamous prformance she also deliberately speeded up the tempo on occasion, singing faster than the score allows. This did not happen at the second performance I saw with Yves Abel.

  3. Somtimes they were all too fast or too slow or not coordinated at all. I enjoyed that performance simply because I had't heard her voice in a long while. But I noticed a lot of things. When listening to radio these problems are obvious.