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Subject: Re: SF Opera "Aida"
From: Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 8 Nov 2016 08:35:29 -0800

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I was actually just responding to Hermine’s note about Troyanos, not attempting an Amneris survey.

I regret that Simionato had stopped singing the role before I started going to the opera.  Bumbry was still very active as a mezzo, but I didn’t happen to see her.

Of the ones that I saw:  Lilova, Verrett, Baldani, Cossotto, Troyanos, Fassbinder,  Toczyska, Terentieva, Zajick, Borodina, Diadkova, Semenchuk (I know I’m forgetting someone in there), the one who impressed me most as having the “total package” of voice, looks, acting, musicality and overall interpretation was Verrett.  Others were lusher and louder of voice, but she had what it took and was both slinky and sexy as well as overpowering in her rage and regret.

Baldani was easily the worst - couldn’t believe she was on an international stage.  Even more surprised when I saw her again in a Karajan Salzburg performance conducted by Karajan, and she was still terrible.  

Biggest positive surprise was Toczyska.  Had seen her as Laura and thought she was OK, but her Amnesia was a knockout, visually and vocally.

A friend told me that Simionato burned in his memory;  not just the voice, but the repressed movements and flashing eyes devouring Radames.  He also was very impressed by Regina Resnik in the role.

Max Paley

> On Nov 7, 2016, at 8:59 PM, Larry Kellum <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi folks.........................did you all forget Simionato &
> Bumbry................the best, I think, ..........though all the
> others you mentioned were superb! Unfortunately, I only saw Cossotto,
> Bumbry & a KNOCKOUT from Bianca Berini!!!! Wished I saw Obratsova!
> ....................also, saw so much CRAP (Dalis, Dunn,
> Angeloni......horrid!)................PS Actually saw Maria Parazzini
> in Rome Baths of Caracalla...................what pianissimos floating
> into the night air! But, you're right. After a couple of Amelia
> Boccanegras, she vanished! Respond anytime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Larry
> On Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 9:21 PM, Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> This started wars in San Francisco in 1977.  Aida had two casts, the first with Cossotto as Amneris (and Maria Parazzini as Aida, who seemed to disappear right after), a later cast with Troyanos as Amneris (Eva Marton’s SF debut as Aida).
>> Cossotto had a huge fan base and it was her SF debut.  Troyanos also had admirers here since her spectacular 1975 Poppea (standees were groping each other during the final duet) and her Santuzza.
>> Before singing Amneris in ’77 she had been a wonderful Composer to Leontyne Price’s Ariadne
>> 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.
>> Max Paley
>>> On Nov 7, 2016, at 6:01 PM, Hermine Stover <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> At 08:10 AM 11/7/2016, Ombrarecds wrote:
>>>> Best Aida ever for me was Troyanos as Amneris, Harry Theyard as Radames and Clarice Carson as Aida. Troyanos was sizzling hot, Theyard over the top heroic, and Carson, while a bit long in the tooth had a superb mastery of the inherent difficulties in the role and stunning pianissimos.
>>> I ALWAYS felt  Troyanos was smokin'.
>>> hermine

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