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Subject: Giulio Neri
From: John Mize <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:John Mize <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:24:14 -0400

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Did this stellar performer ever perform the role of King Philip ? And if not, 
why ? He certainly had the voice, the experience , the vocal and 
acting "chops," as it were. 
This isn't meant at all to disparage of denigrate his efforts as The Grand 
Inquisitor. This malevolent and bloody minded cleric isn't a small part at 
all, but merely a short big part. And, as such, it requires exactly the kind of 
voice and experience  that Neri provided ever so well. It isn't a part for a 
The Met has usually cast the role from strength. Rothier in the 20s, Hines, 
Hotter, Schoeffler and Uhde in the 50s and early 60s, and Diaz in the 65 
broadcast. David Ward made his Met debut in the part, as did Martti 
Talvela.   All superlative performers.
I had the good fortune to hear each of the broadcast in the 70s.That 
stalwart basso Raymond Michalski was the old villain on 2/14/70, and sang 
with consummate  artistry, although he lacked the sepulchral horror that 
really makes the part shine, so to speak. This was supplied by John 
Macurdy on 4/22/72. And James Morris, in 1979, just didn't have the low 
notes for the part.(Although, I believe Verdi DID provide some 
alternatives.)It remained to Hines to once again assume the old cardinal's 
robes in 1980 and 84,and provide a truly definitive portrayal.  

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