The Times critic Richard Morrison is pretty harsh on Angela Gheorghiu in the Covent Garden revival of La Rondine. He writes that she looks more ‘like a desperate housewife’ than a ‘desired courtesan’…. and that ‘her singing is all over the place, horribly below the note in places….’
In other words, he wrote a stinker.
Being personally averse to La Rondine, I won’t go. Do others who have seen the show share Richard’s outrage?
UPDATE: Other critics had a much better time. Erica Jeal, in the Guardian: Vocally, Gheorghiu now seems to be using her resources very carefully indeed. When she sings out, her creamy, steel-tipped tone remains glorious – her early aria, Chi il bel sogno di Doretta, is beautifully done. But there are also whole passages when she makes us strain to hear her..
John Allison in the Sunday Telegraph: Gheorghiu overacts, making eyes more at the audience than her on-stage lovers. Perhaps she is compensating for a worrying loss of freshness and bloom in her voice, but she sings cautiously even when she gets past “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta“, a cruelly testing way to start the evening. Only a few moments, such as the Act II quartet, find her soaring freely.
Judge for yourselves here.