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Subject: Re: OPERA/Lanza (Schmidt and Stader)
From: Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:43:21 -0500
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Oops. I think we posted simultaneously. I've just replied as well,
basically saying the same. :-)

On Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 7:37 PM, Hans Christian Hoff <[log in to unmask]>
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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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