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Subject: franco corelli, zucker's recent book
From: Stefan Zucker <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Stefan Zucker <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:18:05 -0500
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Jan Neckers, why do you continue to attribute things to me that I never said? Where did I ask Pobbe "if she still had lewd thoughts about Nicolai Gedda?"

Are you incapable of distinguishing what you imagine from fact?

A lister just wrote to me that in reviewing Pobbe's book for Operanostalgia you attacked me in the same manner and called me a "cheat." That's libel per se--enabled by Rudi Van den Bulck.

In your latest sally you again impugn my integrity. Can you substantiate that by coming up with a single instance where I lied?

Since Bob Tuggle hasn't responded to you--why should he-- let me point out that in his chapter he discusses some Bjoerling performances he attended. The chapter only is two pages plus photos, but it is just as long as it needs to be to make his points. 

I asked him to write it as a counterweight to my criticisms of Bjoerling, just as I asked Dr. Gian Paolo Nardoianni, a Lauri Volpi specialist, to respond to my criticisms of him. (He attacks me for my views.) And yes, I provided Mr. Tuggle with drafts of the dust jacket and the book.

And here comes a surprise for those who have been on this list for the past eight years:

When I began the book I lacked enthusiasm about Tucker, with the exception of some performances. Ed Rosen opened my eyes when he posted links on Opera-L to Manon Lescaut excepts with Tucker and Tebaldi. To my surprise I felt that Tucker got in deeper emotionally than one of my favorites, Di Stefano. I thought I needed a counterweight for my views on Tucker, so I turned to Ed. At first he was wary, given our long-standing, bitter and very public enmity, but he ended up participating enthusiastically and provided me with any number of Tucker gems to illustrate that the man could sing caressingly. I hope he'll post them.

When Ed suddenly didn't follow through in providing some information, I believed he had gotten cold feet about participating in the book because of his relationship with the Tucker family, which I gather thought he was collaborating with the devil or at any rate the anti-Tucker, on account of a clash on my radio show. To avoid problems I replaced the chapter with one of my own. I'm not sure I did the right thing (although my treatment of Tucker ended up being favorable to the point that no counterweight is needed). Ed alerted me to a howler in a draft I sent him, saving me from no end of embarrassment.

Anyway, I've been in touch with Ed again. We're discussing tidying up a draft of our Tucker discussions and posting it here.

The point of all this is to explain the presence of the Tuggle and Nardoianni chapters in the book. I wanted the singer appraisals to be as balanced and fair as they could be.

I sought out Ed because I thought him the best-qualified person with whom to collaborate on a Tucker chapter. I wouldn't seek you out, Jan Neckers, to collaborate on anything, because you're too sloppy about facts and an asshole.

Stefan 
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