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Subject: Nello Santi
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Date:Mon, 5 Apr 2010 12:11:02 EDT
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Greetings to all listers
 
May I add something to Ed's praise of Nello Santi ?
 
A friend of mine was at the "academy" at the Zurich opera a few years ago  
and sang in several dozen performances at the opera house itself. Many of 
them  were conducted by Santi. He told me that in rehearsal Santi would sing 
any part  if a singer were absent for any reason, whilst also conducting the 
rehearsal.  His knowledge of scores is legendary..not surprising perhaps 
since he has been  conducting them for much more than half a century. Still, 
you might think the  memory might falter, but apparently not.
 
There are tv filmed sequences of this rehearsal style available, in some  
people's collections.
 
Singers revere Santi for his attitude to them, and his knowledge  of and 
sensitivity to the score. He has been described on occasion on this  list as a 
"routinier". Nothing could be further from the truth and those who  
describe him as such betray their lack of knowledge. He seems to be the last of  
the old-fashioned great Italian Maestros.
 
Regards to all
 
Roger D Bell
Lancashire
England

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