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Subject: Re: Villason (now Freni) now von Karajan
From: Basia <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 31 Mar 2009 14:36:27 +0200
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And I remember Thomas Allen saying Karajan offered him Golaud (at the 
beginning of his carrier!). He didn't accept as it was too heavy and too 
low for him (then).
Karajan never asked him again

best wishes from the beautiful and sunny Amsterdam

Tim Oldroyd schreef:
>  
> I thought Dennis's posting really excellent - informed and lightly written  - 
> he is spot on the mark with all the singers mentioned.
>  
> I recall Gwynn Howell who i thought was the most beautiful basso  cantante 
> through his peak in the 1970s and 1980s once said on radio that he  was offered 
> something by von Karajan - perhaps Philip - but he thought it too  much and 
> said no. He never sang with von Karajan again.  and so it  goes.
>  
> Tim
>  
>  In a message dated 30/03/2009 23:50:07 GMT Daylight Time,  [log in to unmask] 
> writes:
>
> Hi,  Y'all!  
> I must disagree at least partially with  Max  here.  Freni was a 
> wondrously charming LYRIC soprano.   She was  NEVER an adequate Aida, and 
> with great 
> effort became a  barely adequate  Elisabetta, if that.  And when she tried to 
> "go  
> home again" to more lyric  roles after her misadventures in  vonKarajanland, 
> her voice was a shadow of the  miracle it had earlier  been.   I heard her in 
> "Don Carlo" in Salzburg  in 1977,  and was simply appalled, both at the 
> steely 
> sound her voice had  taken  on and at the thought that von K found this sound 
> appropriate  for the  role.  von K never cared one whit about any singer's 
> voice  or 
> any  singer's career, so long as he got the sound (and, of course,  the 
> lighting) he  fancied he wanted for his precious  productions.  Ask 
> Ricciarelli, ask  
> Carrerras, ask Baltsa.   (He TRIED to ruin Tomowa-Sintow and  
> Fischer-Dieskau, 
> too, but both  of them were too smart.)  So being stuck  permanently with the 
>  
> new uglier vocal timbre she had created for herself,  Freni figured  she 
> might 
> as well sing Elisabetta at the Met, too, rather than  admit  publicly that 
> taking up the role in the first place had been a  serious  mistake.  She was 
> lucky: 
> unlike Carreras, she saved her  career in the  nick of time. 
> Cheers, 
> Dennis Ryan
>
>
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