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Subject: Re: No more tenor Witches!!!
From: Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 18 Dec 2011 13:05:21 -0500

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But Mike - what of the BARITONE who sings Nicklausse on the old 
Gedda recording of Hoffmann? I've always thought that to be a very 
odd choice. 

Back to the very original post - I don't mind tenor witches so much, but - 
and I realize I'm opening a huge can of worms here = if you're going to 
do "Hansel And Gretel" in English, I'd prefer everyone in the cast to be 
comfortable with the language (unlike the met's current Gretel, who 
sang fine, but who really sounded awful dealing with a language that 
clearly isn't hers).

(I know, I know - singers sing in languages not their own all the time. 
But it SEEMS more of a problem when it's your language that's being 
crucified, lol. And it seems to me I don't hear performances of opera 
TRANSLATED INTO English sung by foreign singers that much.)

On Sat, 17 Dec 2011 21:59:30 -0500, Mike Begley 
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>I would add Susanne Mentzer to the list of wonderful mezzo Zerlinas - 
I saw
>her in a Chicago production with James Morris, Bryn Terfel, Luba 
>Frank Lopardo, and Carol Vaness (Donna Elvira).  With a fine 
conductor it
>could have been a great performance - as it was, most of the 
>singers' contributions were very good (Orgonasova was too light a 
voice for
>Donna Anna, IMHO).
>I actually prefer a mezzo in the role - the music just sounds trivial in a
>light soprano's voice (again, IMHO).
>Regarding Faust - there is also a CD issue of a Scala Faust where Luigi 
>sings Siebel; Raimondi and Ghiaurov are the Faust and Mephisto.
>For myself, I'd like to be spared further tenors as Romeo in "I Capuletti 
>I Montecchi" (Aragall did it in a production with Scotto and Pavarotti 
>Tebaldo); or as Prince Charming in Massenet's "Cendrillon" (much as I 
>most of his work, Gedda pretty much spoils the Columbia recording).
>Damn tenors!  Don't they get enough roles anyway?
>Mike Begley
>-----Original Message-----
>From: NevilleSumpter
>Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2011 11:41 AM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: No more tenor Witches!!!
>Hello David and All
>Thanks for mentioning Patricia Kern, she was one of the greatest 
>singers in my opinion, easily equal if not better than Berganza or 
>She was a fine Zerlina and I saw her in the role.
>Re tenor Siebel's  I have never seen one but the  great Salvatore 
>sang the role in Rome in 1972 with Gedda as Faut, Freni as 
>Ghiaurov as Mephistopheles and Robert Massard as Valentin under 
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