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Subject: Re: Pets and opera
From: Daniel Tritter <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Daniel Tritter <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:44:55 -0500

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dog walking in manhattan....frequent companions of decades ago.
frank gullino, assistant concert master of the nyphil.
kurt adler, met chorus master and his dalmatians.
grete stuckgold wagnerian soprano and her smooth dachshund.
eleanor steber and her corgik, mimi.
nycopera baritone bill  metcalf and his boxer, max.
stage director bliss hebert and his dueling cats,
  schicchi and tanya, succeeded by a dog named birgit.
my soprano ex-wife with a singing smooth dachshund named
  ajax, then wirehaired wolfgang, wirehaired baba the turk
  (a bearded lady), and one of their progeny, ch. nonesuch
  nick shadow (a true devil), and our recently departed
  mini wirehaired dachshund, mr. scratch (the devil in
  douglas moore's "the  devil and daniel webster")



On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM, Daniel Tritter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> my own experience has been a follow-on to
> my  undergraduate institution's longtime mascot,
> a purple cow named ephelia (after founder
> colonel ephriam williams). the bovine sprung from
> the pen of the  light versifier, gillette burgess,
> who wrote:
> i've never seen a purple cow.
> i never hope to see one,
> but i can tell you anyhow
> i'd rather see than be one.
> among his other major contributions to opera, voice,
> acting, musicality and intelligence, hermann uhde also
> won my affections for the constant presence of his
> standard wirehaired dachshund, also my preferred
> breed, and especially my ch. nonesuch maestro wolfgang,
> named after the great wolfgang sawallisch.
> another artist whose stupendous gifts and career were
> paralleled by her memorable (to me, at least)
> companion...regine crespin and her caniche royal
> (standard poodle), ulisse.
> my late friend, teddy uppman , had a golden retriever,
> unsurprisingly named papageno, who had a long
> and happy life, later replaced by a large turtle, name
> unrecalled, who had free run of his manhattan apartment.
> bing himself had a taste for dachshunds, and i
> recall meeting him in central park one day, walking
> a large  smooth red of far less than show quality. i asked
> him where the dog came from, and he named a breeder
> in greenwich, whom i knew and held in low esteem for
> selling an inferior specimen (at a high price) to a gullible
> animal lover.
> lee venora, a sometimes too much undervalued soprano,
> took her considerable gifts from nycopera to deutsche
> oper berlin. she also took her large friendly german
> shepherd there. with his formidable presence, nobody
> messed with lee.
> as to animals onstage, my first experience of the immortal
> birgit nilsson's gotterdammerung brunnhilde was a
> performance where the contract company, animal talent  scouts,
> provided the met with its requested the case
> i cite, a horse to play the role of grane. the marathon evening
> concluded, per usual, with the immolation scene, and
> nilsson preparing her nag for the ride into the pyre. the
> rented equine was a bit reluctant, but nilsson, an
> experienced farm girl, sang magnificently, while stuffing
> her partner with sugar cubes ... i don't know if a city-bred
> hochdramatische soprano could have done it. i don't
> know whether rudolph bing renewed this grane's contract.
> dft
> ==============
> Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 8:55 AM, Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Dear listers,
>> My apologies for a few odd signs and letters added to the subject line in
>> my previous post. It was a little terrier walking across my laptop
>> keyboard, asking for a bit more attention. I cleaned up the message from
>> his "paw-typing" traces, but forgot to check the subject line. He can be
>> forgiven though as he is also a music lover :-). I think his favorites are
>> Mozart's operas and Chopin.
>> While at that, I thought to ask if there are any listers interested to
>> share stories about their own or someone else's pets and opera. Any
>> opera-related anecdotes, music likes/dislikes, or naming a pet after the
>> opera character?
>> Also, any opera composer or performer who was known as an animal lover? I
>> know Edward Elgar was very fond of his dogs, though, to the best of my
>> knowledge, he left only one unfinished opera. There is a nice brief home
>> video of him and his dogs on Youtube.
>> Vesna
>> Buffalo, NY
>> On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 4:23 PM, Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>  <Subject: Re: The Purest and Deepest Form of Opera Love';[[lp vqa>
>> How about opera on iPod to the rescue? It happened to me earlier this week:
>>> original plan - total of 3.5 hours for two flights with a reasonable
>>> layover; actual day - 10 hours mostly spent at various airport gates after
>>> the initial flight delay (including a midair detour back to the original
>>> airport because of a mechanical problem) and the resulting missed
>>> connection. Traveling nightmare for other passengers, but, thanks to two
>>> full-length operas on my iPod (1940 Met BALLO and 1938 Met OTELLO, both
>>> re-listens prompted by the current Met season), many hours of blissful
>>> music listening. I am pretty sure I was the only happy passenger.
>>> Vesna
>>> Buffalo, NY
>>> On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM, Chris Mullins <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>>> <snip>
>>>> I was almost killed by "Elektra" the other morning. I drive to downtown
>>>> Los
>>>> Angeles at 5:30am to hit the gym before work (and beat the worst
>>>> traffic). I
>>>> listen to an Ipod through my car stereo, and I always have a huge amount
>>>> of
>>>> different music on there, set on Shuffle.
>>>> <snip>
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