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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,
did not sing at the Met at all that year. New York's Simionato obsessives,
among them, were not happy about any of it! ;-)


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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