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Subject: Re: Most Exciting Amneris (was Re: SF Opera "Aida")
From: Premiere Opera <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 8 Nov 2016 00:10:56 -0500
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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.
>>>
>>> MDW
>>>
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