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Subject: Re: Do pure lyrics ever become operatic superstars?
From: David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 25 Oct 2011 13:51:10 -0400
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How about Geraldine Farrar? As certain Princetonians will attest, she was a 
real superstar, on two continents.

A few of her roles might not be cast as lyric today: Elisabeth and Berlioz' 
Marguerite, for example-- but they often were cast lightly  back then (Nellie 
Melba and Frances Saville were both Met Elisabeths). More recently, let's not 
forget that Victoria de los Angeles sang Elisabeth at the Met and Bayreuth 
and both Suzanne Danco and Edith Mathis--plus she whose name induces 
offscreen horses to neigh--sang and were recorded in LA DAMNATION DE 
FAUST.

Plus Lucrezia Bori, though she had some coloratura ability, was a lyric soprano, 
even when she sang Manon Lescaut apparently.

And Mary Garden?  Kind of uncategorizable as to rep, but a lyric in sound, and 
certainly no Sembrich when it came to virtuoso demands.

Best - David Shengold

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