Kozena in Pelleas et Mélisande at the Met conducted by Rattle

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Kozena in Pelleas et Mélisande at the Met conducted by Rattle

Have learned in December's issue that Rattle is conducting Kozena, his wife, in Pelleas et Mélisande at the Met. Sounds a little like nepotism. I know that today singers are required to sing in a host of languages not their own, but why Kozena who probably had to learn the role phonetically since she is Czech instead of Dessay who has already sung the work in Vienna with an all-French cast at the Theater An der Wien conducted by Bertrand de Billy? It sounds all to convenient that she was chosen for the part. True, physically she looks the part thin and ethereal as he is, but musically is another thing. Any opinions out there? 

A music lover currently living in the middle of nowhere. 

RE: Kozena in Rattle's Pelleas et Mélisande at the Met

We can't know until she actually performs it. Then we'll know if she's right, musically and as a physical presence onstage. I wouldn't have thought she'd have particular troubles learning the role. Singers these days have to handle lots of languages. Recordings I own have American and Dutch mezzos singing Melisande, and they sound musical enough to me.

Cheers!

Terry

Kozena in Pelleas et Mélisande at the Met conducted by Rattle

Sir Simon did conduct the wife in the epochal Ruth Berghaus Production of Pelléas here at the Staatsoper unter den Linden. Her total lack of stage presence, personality and ignorance of the text and its clear pronunciation made this a most dreadful experience, only surpassed by her vapid Oktavian at the same venue. Her being cast in roles that require her to be the center of attention and to dominate the stage remains a complete and utter mystery to me.

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