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'Tristan' und 'Macbeth'

December 26, 1987

Has Martin Bernheimer lost his touch or was he being kind in his review of "Tristan und Isolde" ("A Vivid but Flawed 'Tristan,' " Dec. 8)?

I listened to the broadcast on KUSC and thank goodness I did not pay to hear it. Who ever told Jeanine Altmeyer she should try to sing Wagner?

I can't quite recall the last time I heard Altmeyer sing (I think it was a matinee from the Met), but I did not think much of her then. It is not a voice one wishes to remember. She is way out of her league in Isolde. Screeching is not singing. I was actually in pain in several places.

The second-act duet was devoid of any feeling. I could have done as well--or even Miss Piggy. The Liebestod I shall try to forget.

Enough said. It was terrible. After it was over, I put on my old Flagstad tapes and cried all through the last act. Now that lady knew how to sing.

MILDRED DE NOOY

Harbor City

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