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Subject: La Fille Du Regiment and Bel Canto in General
From: Cmorgan <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Cmorgan <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 15 Dec 2011 00:25:06 -0500

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Yes, Pav was catapaulted to stardom by the high C's and Bel Canto 
with Sutherland in general gave him his bigger break.

But who else excpt for Blake could continue those notes way back then? 
Krause comes to mind, but I only heard him at age 65 in that horrible 
Zimmerman production of Lucia. 

You don't have to necessarily like the voices, but you DO have to give 
due credit to Blake (which JDF doesn't) and his increcible technique. If 
it wasn't  for him there would have been NO Bel Canto resurgance 
because of a lack of colotura tenors (yes we had Ramey and Horne, but 
NO tenor).

It doesn't matter if you like Blake or not, but his contribution to Bel 
Canto is really ignored. I find that very sad. Yet it was a HUGE 
contribution. He was also the first winner of the Tucker award. Not 
shabby in the least. He seems to be a singer that people love to hate. 
Please give him his due for forwarding Bel Canot to where it is today -- 
many wonderful singers. They did'nt exist in the 1980's!

Just my HMO.

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