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Subject: Re: All hail for HERODIADE at Washington Concert Opera (11-20-16)
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:41:22 -0500

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Hi Kurt

The year was a great clue. I have hand typed annals of Chicago compiled
by Charles Jahant. a wonderful researcher, and the 1913 Herodiade soprano
was Carolina White, an important singer in her time. Mary Garden did do
several operas that year, including Don Quichotte, Thais, Monna Vanna
Louise, Manon and Jongleur de Notre Dame. She and French Opera, were
very close friends.



On Wednesday, November 23, 2016, kurt youngmann <[log in to unmask]
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:

> No specific cast information in my source (Forty Years of Opera in Chicago
> by Edward C. Moore, published 1930) but Herodiade was performed in the 1913
> / 1914 season (and perhaps others) and Garden was on the roster at the
> time. So it may have happened. Indeed I’d bet on it.
> A quick glance at the operas being staged in those days shows some unusual
> and/or forgotten works: Monna Vanna (Rachmaninoff), Le Jongleur de Notre
> Dame (Massenet - a big role for Garden); Le Sauteriot (Sylvio Lazzari);
> Sapho (Gounod); Dinorah & Gli Ugonotti (Meyerbeer); Azora, the Daughter of
> Montezuma; A Daughter of the Forest; I Gioielli della Madonna
> (Wolf-Ferrari); Francesca da Rimini (with Garden whose photo as Fiora is
> shown); Griseldis (Massenet); Madeleine (Herbert); Königskinder
> (Humperdinck) etc. The list is fascinating and lengthy and includes works
> and composers I’ve never heard of.
> From everything I’ve heard (largely from our late friend, Andy Karzas) and
> read, Garden pretty much reigned supreme in Chicago - both as performer
> and, later, general director (or, as she billed herself, “directah”).
> Kurt Youngmann
> On Nov 23, 2016, at 12:46 PM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Probably Mary Garden would have been given anyhing she wanted
> during her French period, particularly in Chicago. She may even have
> done it? Anyone know?
> "Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in
> Italian." -
> H. L. Mencken

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