By Francisco Salazar
After the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night, Sondra Radvanvsky has no other contracts with the company.
In an interview with the AP, General Manager Peter Gelb revealed that there are no contracts currently for the soprano. However, he said that after opening night, “he would be meeting with her to discuss possibilities.”
The article revealed that the soprano and the company have had a rocky relationship. Even though Radvaovky has made history in Spanish theaters with several encores and performed worldwide to great acclaim, she has only once opened the Met season and has not been a consistent presence.
According to Gelb he “misjudged her.” The General Manager said that Radvanovsky was “not on my radar” in his early tenure.
He added, “I misjudged her. I didn’t fully understand the distinct quality of her voice, its ability to convey raw emotion.”
According to Radvanovsky that the rocky relationship was caused by a Rosalinde in “Die Fledermaus” she sang. She said, “It was just so far out of my realm, I was really a duck out of water. Quite frankly, if I had seen me as Rosalinde, in German, not my language, my medium, I wouldn’t have hired me again either.”
Still, the soprano has performed over 200 times at the Met and has opened in a number of productions like the Historic Three Queens cycle and new productions of “Il Trovatore,” “Norma,” and “Un Ballo in Maschera.”