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Subject: Re: The Most Important Soprano Since Callas and Sutherland?
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:G. Paul Padillo
Date:Mon, 1 Aug 2016 17:47:11 -0400

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In his thread bearing his name, Mr. Camner wrote:

“  . . .  oh you Callas widows, when will you get over the fact that it's been 
so long . . . Face it widows, it's more than 40 years since Callas appalled 
the opera world in her farewell performances . . . . The truth is that Anna 
Netrebko has gone farther than Callas, more successfully, far more 
dominantly and she did it through talent, hard work and mastery of her 
craft. Netrebko stands alone and unrivaled today at the pinnacle and that is 
something that couldn't have been said about any of the great divas 

Wow.  Okay.  While in my earlier post I attempted to understand Mr. 
Camner’s argument of Netrebko as the undisputed queen in today’s world 
of opera, his above comments, can only be read as wishfully delusional.  

The to suggest Netrebko has gone farther than Callas, more successfully, 
etc., is simply unsubstantiated nonsense.  There is close to no way in hell 
(and I'm not alone in believing this) Netrebko will leave anything close to 
the same mark in operatic history as Callas (and others).  This this has 
nothing whatsoever to do with the nonsense routinely thrown up by 
detractors as “Callas widow”  crap, but rather the plain and simple truth 
and recognition of her already acknowledged place in the pantheon of the 
greatest artists of the last century.  It was not merely Callas ‘ celebrity that 
caused . . . and causes still, volumes to be written about her, her albums 
to frequently outsell today’s artists, and which causes researchers to 
continue trying to figure out alchemy it was that set her apart.  

In addition to excelling in bel canto in ways Netrebko simply could not, 
does not and likely will not, Callas worked tirelessly, to understand the 
essence of that art,  something blatantly lacking . . . and obvious .  . . in 
the Russian’s bel canto attempts.  Still, none of us can predict the future, 
and Netrebko could well go off in a direction that could surprise the world, 
including perhaps curing cancer . . . or turning water into wine.  

Now if , only the Met would get its act together they could solve all their 
problems and financial woes by mounting Hamilton.  Remember Hamilton?  


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