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Subject: Re: Clarification of my Tebaldi - Manon Lescaut comment
From: Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sat, 19 Nov 2016 16:00:15 +0000
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Now THAT is probably true. In spite of Bergonzi's sterling silver vocal attributes, he never really attained the projection of a "super star" as did del Monaco, Gedda, Bjoerling, Tucker, Corelli, Pavarotti, Domingo, Vickers, and the other "box office" vocal giants of his generation. Companies usually had the good sense to cast him opposite a super-star soprano (Nilsson in Ballo, Price in Ballo & Ernani, Callas in Tosca, Tebaldi in Boheme and Aida, Caballe in early Verdi (on Phillips), etc. 
Bergonzi was Mr. Reliable (though my own opinions of his vocal accomplishments are somewhat higher than that). He was probably the most likeable and baggage-free tenor of his time. He lacked physical stature and authority. He was not the sort of tenor that could dominate the stage like other tenors of his time. His was not a name which would come anywhere NEAR selling out a house, yet his operatic appearances were always financially successful because of the other artists he was often paired with. Stars like Nilsson, Callas, Tebaldi, Price, Sutherland, et al, were able to sell out a house on the strength of their names. So could Bjoerling, Tucker, Corelli, Domingo, Pavarotti, Vickers, etc. Today, the only tenors that could sell out a house on the strength of their names are probably Kaufmann and Florez, and probably Netrebko and possibly Radvanovsky...............maybe. 



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From: "Rudi Van den Bulck" <[log in to unmask]> 
To: "OPERA-L" <[log in to unmask]> 
Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2016 1:39:51 AM 
Subject: Re: Clarification of my Tebaldi - Manon Lescaut comment 

But Bergonzi's voice was phonogenic, he showed up on time, always knew his 
music and was well prepared, he was patient with retakes and, basically, 
cast and crew found him a refreshing delight to work with. 

Max Paley 

All true yet in spite of this all : Bergonzi didn't sell...... 

RvdB 

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