Original Air Date: 03/06/2004
Gergiev; Fleming, Vargas, Hvorostovsky
This is a very solid performance. Fleming’s LA and London DVDs are I think even better, but I prefer Hvorostovsky’s sound 8 years ago to his efforts in the Decker/Dessay production.
Violetta is a relatively late part for Fleming, but she ranks 11th in all-time Violettas (20) with more performances at the Met than Caballe (no broadcast, but opening night) Cotrubas, De Los Angeles, Dessay, Gheorghiu, Ponselle, Scotto, Sills, Steber, Sutherland.
The two huge totals are Albanese at 87, Moffo at 80, Bori at 58, and Sembrich at 47. Next down are Kirsten and Malfitano tied at 27. It’s one of Callas’ 4 roles at the Met so almost no one completely misses, but one who has is Netrebko (though originally announced for the Decker production.)