One frustration is that the excerpts from his Karajan-led Tristan und Isolde are blighted by the overparted
Helga Dernesch, one of the worst mismatches in the history of recorded opera.
If Paul Williamson's Manrico last season was rather overparted
, his lyric tenor was up to the task here as Edgardo, a few fleeting moments of strain notwithstanding.
Ekkehard Wlaschiha is clearly overparted
as Telramund--particularly in his Act II confrontation with Lohengrin--while Manfred Schenk makes a pallid King Henry.
Constantly at odds with the vocal demands, they were often technically overparted
. And Jehan-Francois Boucher's stage direction never struck a meaningful balance between exaggerated gestures and frantic movement and the nature of the genre.
A "slim and slinky Brunnhilde, provocatively dressed in black leather" was how one reviewer described her appearance in the ENO production that opened in 2002, before, unfortunately, going on to say that she was "overparted
." The latter is arguable: there have been frequent murmurings about several members of that ENO cast, but with Broderick, might it be a matter of a singer failing to fulfill traditional expectations?
Too often, the singers were overparted
by the vocal complexities of the score, even though they benefited from some acoustical enhancing.
He deserved a far worthier lady love than Elena Lo Forte, who even when singing piano sounded unpleasant and overparted
in this light lyric role.
Philip Torre (Valentin) and Lauren McNeese (Siebel), also Lyric Opera Center members, were overparted
at this point.