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Subject: Fwd: Rejected posting to [log in to unmask]
From: Charles Handelman <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sun, 20 Mar 2005 00:01:25 EST
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In a message dated 3/19/2005 5:29:27 PM Eastern Standard Time,
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> Dear friends,
>
>                     Those (I hope not few) of us who have loved and
> respected
> the contributions of the great singers will note that somebody "up there"
> (The Lord of Squillo??) decided that on March 20,1890, Mrs.Gigli and
> Mrs.Melchior
> gave birth to two baby boys who would become two of the most remarkable
> tenors of all time.
>                       I did catch Gigli at Carnegie in 1955, and do recall
> that no recording was able to totally capture the tone of those gorgeous
> high
> pianissimi,even at age 65 with a heart condition, and despite some of the
> bad
> raps he gets for his sometimes excessive sobbing, the man had one of the
> greatest voices of all time.
>                          I still make the statement that "no singer in any
> fach" was quite as unique as Melchior in Wagner. His efforts to find
> "another
> him" never really panned out,as we have seen. I think perhaps Set Svanholm
> was
> the closest,or perhaps even his equal, but the total staying power of
> Melchior's voice, even at age 70 ,was something truly incredible.
> Unfortunately,Mr.Bing
> decided to let him go in 1950,despite the fabulous Lohengrin farewell
> broadcast,where the 60 year old Melchior was still a formidable force.
>                           I do not think we ever saw any "coincidence of
> birth date" quite as powerful as  that of these artists: two legendary
> tenors who
> excelled in their repertory and who preserved their technical abilities into
>
> their later years.(Imagine Gigli singing "Celeste Aida" as an erncore in the
>
> MIDDLE of a concert..at age 60 plus!!).
>
>                             Our thanks to those two mommies who must have
> run
> marathons during their respective pregnancies (or maybe they played Verdi
> and
> Wagner tapes in the nine months.)
>
>                                    My best   Charlie
>
>

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