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Subject: Re: simplification
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 6 Oct 2016 14:28:48 -0400
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Simionato sang Dalila with the Met only on tour, and only in 65. In fact,
she
did not sing at the Met at all that year. New York's Simionato obsessives,
I
among them, were not happy about any of it! ;-)

Bob

On Thursday, October 6, 2016, ANGELO MAMMANO <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Thanks for the info on Simionato. I saw able to see her just once.  It was
> Amneris in Boston
>
> on the same tour that she sang Dalila, but not in Boston.  Curtis-Verna
> was the excellent Aida.
>
> A long-time Met chorister who was retiring that season told me that
> Simionato  had a respiratory
>
> problem and wasn't happy about accepting the tour engagement.  Of course
> in the fall the Met
>
> was to open the new Met at Lincoln Center and he had to take part
> in rehearsals for the Barber work
>
> even though he would not be with the company at that time.  His name was
> Carlo Tomanelli and was
>
> known as the deepest bass in the chorus. Old timers will recognize his
> name.
>
>
> Ca va sans dire that I loved Simionato and she was just as fine as I had
> hoped for.
>
>
> Angelo from Boston
>
>
> On October 6, 2016 at 1:53 PM Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:
>
> On Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 10:07 AM, ANGELO MAMMANO <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:
>
> Simionato did sing Dalila with the Met on tour starting with Cleveland,
> but in Italian.
>
>
> Though I adore her Eboli, Amneris, and Azucena, I think Simionato's French
> repertory was quite important and sometimes she sang it in French.
> According to the San Francisco Opera archive, she made her U.S. debut with
> them as Charlotte in Massenet's WERTHER and it was performed in French. But
> it was Thomas' heroine Mignon that figured prominently in her career,-- it
> was her turning point at La Scala and I believe one of her favorite roles.
> She sang it in both French and Italian, depending on the performance
> language of the house (the point that Bob already raised). That said, I
> heard that there was a curious situation of bilingual (and possibly even
> multilingual!) performance of MIGNON at Chicago. She sang her role in
> French but then switched to Italian whenever onstage with her Wilhelm
> Meister who apparently didn't know his role in French.
>
> Best, Vesna
>
>

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