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Subject: Re: Robert Merrill
From: mb <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:mb <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 31 Mar 2012 06:02:16 -0400

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That's certainly true about Merrill's "apocryphal stories."  In his
autobiography he describes in detail his exasperation singing Marcello
opposite Ljuba Welitsch's eccentrically willful Musetta at the Met. Only
problem: the baritone on duty that night was Paolo Silveri.

As for comparisons with Warren: both had glorious voices, to be sure, but
Warren, unlike Merrill, sang ravishing, sensitive mezza-voce phrases when
appropriate. Piano wasn't exactly Merrill's forte.


-----Original Message-----
From: Discussion of opera and related issues
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] Isaac Alan [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2012 4:59 AM

>...I was so wonderfully surprised and amused by all the Robert Merrill
interviews I saw or listened to. He appeared to be a great story teller and
loved a bit of gossip as far as I can tell, he was also a genuinely funny
person with a very attractive sense of humour.  He seemed not to take
himself too seriously and never missed an opportunity to take a shot at the
tenors, as in his "Jussi was a great guy you know, but hey he was still a
tenor" and a delightful Tagliavini story, which I am sure was apocryphal,
but then I have no doubt that Merrill didn't always let the truth interfere
with a good story. 

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