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Subject: Re: simplification
From: ANGELO MAMMANO <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:ANGELO MAMMANO <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:07:10 -0400
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Simionato did sing Dalila with the Met on tour starting with Cleveland, but in Italian.

Freni did not learn Russian for a mere two roles. She also sang Tchaikovsky's

Maid of Orleans which I attended in Washington. 


Anglo from Boston

> 
>     On October 6, 2016 at 8:17 AM Wendell Eatherly <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>     On Wed, 5 Oct 2016 23:06:56 -0400, Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>     Great Italian singers like Ponselle, Muzio, Tebaldi, Stella, Cossotto,
> 
>         > > 
> >         Barbieri, Stignani, Simionato, Freni, ;Pavarotti, Bergonzi, etc to my
> >         knowledge never ventured out of the Italian language in the roles they
> >         undertook, with perhaps Freni being an exception with Titiana and Lisa (a
> >         lot of work to learn Russian for a mere two roles, but then again she was
> >         married to Nicolai Ghiaurov!).
> > 
> >     > 
>     Just from a quick look in the Met Database
> 
>     Ponselle, Carmen, Rachel in "La Juive", Margared in Le Roi d'Ys
> 
>     Cossotto: Carmen, Dalila
> 
>     Barbieri: Carmen
> 
>     Simionato: Dalila
> 
>     Freni: Marguerite, Juliette, Michaela
> 
>     Pavarotti: Tonio in "la Fille du Regiment"
> 
>     Bergonzi: Don Jose
> 
>     But yeah, if an Italian singer is great, they probably could, even today, make a career out
>     of only Italian roles, but would they really want to?
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