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Subject: Re: OPERA/Lanza (Schmidt and Stader)
From: Hans Christian Hoff <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Hans Christian Hoff <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 24 Nov 2016 01:37:44 +0100
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Bill may be correct about Scmidt and Stader insofar they seldom 
performed on stage. This, however. had nothing to do with their vocal 
accomplishments, but with their diminutive physical stature.  Stader was 
4 ft 9 inch (144 cm), and Schmidt 4 ft  11 inch, (150 cm.) which made 
stage careers almost impossible for both. They however had impressive 
careers as recording and radio artists. Stader was a capital oratorio 
singer, excelling in Bach, and also very successful in concert. Schmidt 
was a Jew, and that did hamper his career in the late 30ies and early 
40ies, and as he died in 1942 he did not get to record anything with 
modern technology.  Stader's Elvira in the Fricsay recording is a joy, 
as is her Countess under the same conductor.

Regards

Hans

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