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Subject: Re: Operanostalgia's latest issue is now on-line from Tagliavini and Bergonzi...
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Date:Sun, 23 Nov 2008 09:23:55 EST

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I discovered recently that Paul Robeson is quite an "icon" in Wales.
...from Wikipedia..
<<Robeson's association with _Wales_ (   
began in 1928 while he was performing in London in the musical _Show Boat_ 
( . There, he met a group of unemployed  
miners who had taken part in a "hunger march" from South Wales to protest their  
situation. During the 1930s, Robeson made several visits to Welsh mining 
areas,  including performances in Cardiff, Neath and Aberdare._[13]_ 
(  In 1934, he  performed in 
Caernarfon to benefit the victims of an industrial accident at  Gresford colliery, 
near Wrexham, in which 264 miners were killed._[14]_ 
(  In 1938, he  performed in front of an audience 
of 7,000 at the Welsh _International Brigades_ 
(  National Memorial in Mountain  Ash, to commemorate the 
33 men from Wales killed while fighting on the side of  the _Republic_ 
(  in the _Spanish Civil War_ 
( . In 1940, he appeared in _The 
 Proud Valley_ ( , playing a 
black laborer who arrives in the _Rhondda_ 
(  and wins the hearts of the local people.
Robeson remains a celebrated figure in Wales. The exhibit Let Paul Robeson  
Sing! was unveiled in Cardiff in 2001, going on to tour several Welsh towns  
and cities._[15]_ (  A 
number of Welsh  artists have celebrated Robeson's life: The _Manic Street 
Preachers_ ( ' song "_Let  
Robeson Sing_ ( " appears on the 
album Know Your Enemy. The band  also covered "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?"— 
the spiritual sung by Robeson as  part of his 1957 telephone performance to the 
Miners' Eisteddfod in Porthcawl.  The play Paul Robeson Knew My Father by 
Greg Cullen, set in the Rhondda  during the 1950s, features a character with a 
childhood obsession for Robeson's  music and films._[16]_ 
(  _Martyn Joseph_ 
( 's song "Proud Valley Boy" on his 2005  album Deep Blue is 
also based on Robeson's Welsh  connections.>>
And features a profile on Ferruccio Tagliavini (biographies and cd  releases) 
book reviews of soprano Frieda van Hessen a Dutch soprano whose  story of how 
she survived the war is a must-read and holocaust victim mezzo  Magda 
Spiegel. DVD reviews include Carlo Bergonzi's Ballo (along Stella) and  the 
Paul Robeson EMI CD edition gets a full review as well.
The  soundbites include Paul Rbeson singing live in Yiddish (!), an extremely 
rare and totally fascinating unpublished recording of Magda Spiegel,  
Tagliavini at his best and Ottilie Metzger Latterman in operetta. If the  
recordings ar eof interest, better hurry as in 3 weeks from now they'll make  
room for a x-mas celebration.
Enjoy it if you  wish

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