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Subject: Chiming in on Bergonzi
From: chsiegel <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sun, 20 Nov 2016 06:06:44 -0500

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And Bergonzi was a warm, lovely man.  At the Tebaldi Tribute the Met put on
after that diva's death, Bergonzi gave a spoken tribute and then sang, aged
though he was, a very moving Ave Maria.  His spoken tribute was in Italian,
and Anna Moffo, the event hostess, translated.  (Moffo was terrific on this

The story he told was of his and Tebaldi's days together as voice students.
He related that other students used to gather around the door of the studio
where Tebaldi was taking a lesson, just to hear this magnificent voice.  He
said that he often accompanied Tebaldi to the bus stop, and hinted that he
had a crush on her, until one day, as she was about to board the bus, she
turned to Bergonzi and said, "Carlo, I am so fond of you and will always
think of you as my brother."  So much for that romance! He then spoke of
the warm friendship that he and his wife had with Tebaldi over many years.

At the reception afterward, this little man had the biggest crowd around
him. He radiated such good feeling and love of his old friend.


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