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Subject: Re: OPERA/Lanza
From: "Steve B." <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Steve B.
Date:Thu, 24 Nov 2016 05:21:53 -0500
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The main difference between Lanza and Schmidt is that from a vocal point of
view Lanza could have sustained an operatic career but it doubtful if
Schmidt could have done. There are contemporary reports on Schmidt that
indicate a strange difference between his voice 'live' and the voice on
radio or on disc. It appears that his voice gained considerably from being
recorded on film, radio and disc but was less impressive in live recital.
Clearly his height was a limiting factor with his being under 5 feet high
though perfectly proportioned as a photograph of him in a swimming costume
with several adoring ladies indicates.
I saw Lanza in 1958 when he gave a recital in Manchester UK and the voice
was pretty much as records and films led me to expect. It was a beautiful
sound and finely focussed but not huge. A Canio/Turiddu but not an Otello

With respect
Steve B.

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