You remember, a while ago, the whole Josh Reichmann debacle? In case you don’t feel like reading three posts and the attendant comments, what went down was that I reviewed Josh’s performance unfavourably, he responded with a mixture of passive aggression, ad hominem, and good old-fashioned nerd-baiting.
Now I don’t know Josh personally – though I believe he is the friend of a friend of a friend – and my attitude towards him throughout was mostly, “WTF?” with a little, “Oh, whatever,” thrown in. But something has happened to give me a little more sympathy for him.
It was a little crushing, and I felt the reviewer was wrong in one particular – not in her opinion, but in a matter of fact.* I had to bitch about it on Facebook quite a bit in order to feel better. It’s funny, it’s not really my first bad review, but this being my first bel canto role and my first foray into Real Opera I guess I’m more sensitive about it.
So Josh, if you’re out there, let me tell you I feel your pain. I didn’t contact the reviewer and call her names or anything, but I understand now where you’re coming from.
*In re: her comment that my voice lacked “spinto bite”: “Spinto” refers to a particular quality of very big soprano voice, the kind you hear in big Verdi repertoire like “Tosca” or in Wagner. Elvira is a lyric coloratura role, and I am a lyric coloratura soprano – lighter in quality with a capacity for fast-moving melismas and trills. So criticizing me for not being a spinto is kind of odd. I guess you could make the case that she’s using spinto as an adjective, and thinks a more steely quality is needed for the role, which is certainly an opinion she’s entitled to.