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Subject: Re: Most Exciting Amneris (was Re: SF Opera "Aida")
From: Daniel Tritter <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Daniel Tritter <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 8 Nov 2016 04:11:39 -0500
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i'm with ed 100% here. much as i loved shirley verrett
on and off stage, when simionato was in this role, you
almost felt that verdi should have entitled his work
"amneris."

dft

On Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 12:10 AM, Premiere Opera <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> They were both great, and I loved them both, though I feel sure Bumbry sang
> Amneris at the Met far more than Verrett did. I saw them both. But I still
> prefer Simionato!! :-)
>
> On Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 12:02 AM, Evan Gamsu <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > Let's not forget Bumbry and Verrett, who both brought sterling vocalism
> > and a nice layer of sexual allure that eluded a number of others.
> >
> > Evan G
> >
> >
> >
> > On 11/7/2016 10:57 PM, Premiere Opera wrote:
> >
> >> I saw all the Amneris mezzos you mentioned, Max, and they were all
> >> wonderful!!
> >>
> >> But I also saw Giulietta Simionato three times, and she was far and away
> >> the best IMO.
> >>
> >> She was a small woman with this huge voice, this beautiful voice, top
> Bb's
> >> and C's like a soprano, and booming chest voice like a basso.
> >>
> >> She had great command of the stage, and was a magnificent actress. For
> me,
> >> there was only one Simionato, the finest mezzo I have ever seen. I
> think I
> >> saw her about 10 times, as Azucena, Amneris, Santuzza, and Rosina!
> >>
> >> On Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 11:44 PM, Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >> Maxwell Paley wrote:
> >>>
> >>> "The big war was over which Amneris.  Those who loved Cossotto thought
> >>> Troyanos was too
> >>> small a voice and miscast.  Those who loved Troyanos found Cossotto
> >>> unnecessarily loud,
> >>> harsh and edged.  I admired Cossotto’s output of sound and emotion,
> but I
> >>> ultimately was
> >>> much more involved and moved by Troyanos."
> >>>
> >>> I heard Cossotto and Troyanos both as Amneris at the Met.  Both were
> >>> great
> >>> - Cossotto had
> >>> the bigger sound, although Troyanos certainly had no trouble being
> heard.
> >>> But the most
> >>> exciting Amneris I ever saw was Elena Obratsova whom I heard in her Met
> >>> debut
> >>> performance in October 1976.  She just blew the house down in the
> >>> Judgment
> >>> Scene, and
> >>> the place went nuts.  I have never liked Obraztsova since that
> >>> performance
> >>> - a combination
> >>> of her crude singing and her KGB informant activities - but that night
> >>> she
> >>> was sensational.
> >>>
> >>> Another fine Amneris was Stefania Toczyska.  And, of course, Zajick,
> whom
> >>> I heard in the
> >>> Aida second cast for the opening of the Wortham Center in Houston in
> >>> 1986.  (Tocyzska was
> >>> the first cast Amneris.)  I will never forget the impact when Zajick, a
> >>> complete unknown to
> >>> me (at that point, to everyone), opened her mouth at "Qual insolita
> >>> gioia."  My jaw
> >>> dropped.  I was so impressed that I flew up to New York for her Met
> debut
> >>> as Azucena the
> >>> following season.
> >>>
> >>> The Amneris I really wish I had heard was Rita Gorr.  But she was a bit
> >>> before my time.
> >>>
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