Susan Neves

On TV Saturday night was a production of Cav-Pag from Genoa. I watched with grim determination this small-town effort. The Cav was set in some desert for unknown reasons. Suddenly, a voice had me sitting straight. Susan Neves, a larger size soprano, had both the heft and color for Santuzza. It was a performance of one of the most gifted sopranos of our time. If she had a career a generation earlier she would have been a huge star in New York, Paris and London. She was a terrific Abigaille in “Nabucco” when I saw her last in Paris almost a decade ago but she has not been invited back. It is some hint of what we lost with the recent emphasis on theater in opera.

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