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Subject: Re: Del Los Angeles' Desdemona
From: Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 4 Dec 2016 09:19:03 -0500
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Mr. Guitan:

I won't spend time rebutting your individual points and correcting your
inaccuracies. I'll simply say that this is one of the silliest posts I've
read on this site in a long time---and there's plenty of competition.

Ken Bleeth

On Sun, Dec 4, 2016 at 7:53 AM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Bulletin!
>
> The trio of de los Angeles, Del Monaco and Warren was so
> successful at the Met in 58 that they were engaged to repeat
> the opera in 59-60. Del Monaco cancelled his season and never
> again appeared at the Met, and Warren died on March 4. The
> revival was cancelled!
>
> Victoria de los Angeles sang Manon and Melisande that season,
> both of which I saw and both of which remain among my
> fondest memories. I was very disappointed when the Otello
> cancellation was announced
>
>
>
>
>
> On Sun, 4 Dec 2016 02:42:10 +0000, walter guitian <
> [log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> >Victoria De Los Angeles certainly can not be compared with great
> sopranos of the XX
> century, nor for voice , nor for technique.Rodolfo Celletti the most
> competent critic of the
> history of opera thought Victoria De Los Angeles was not worth
> anything.About the '58
> Otello broadcast De Los Angeles  has a flattened, small and sour  voice,
> Â the voice has
> little vibration, De Los Angeles was always very limited in volume, in
> dynamics, and in
> legato, Â she sings almost with the spoken voice, and the top is strident
> and fixed.
> >All these before early sixties being very very young  when she broke the
> breath support
> and she could not even hold her singing and she had to end her opera
> career because of her
> bad technique  and she had to give concerts with songs of Garcia Lorca
> etc,   yes  , with
> taste but she could sing opera anymore. Coincidentally the Metropolitan
> did not renew the
> contract after the 1961/62 season
> >W.G.
> >
> >
> >      De: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
> > Para: [log in to unmask]
> > Enviado: Sábado, 3 de diciembre, 2016 15:57:06
> > Asunto: Del Los Angeles' Desdemona
> >
> >The 1958 Otello Met broadcast with de los Angeles, Del Monaco
> >and Warren is among my very favorite performances of the opera.
> >She is exquisite from top to bottom, and the two men, who are not
> >among my favorites, are in their very best form. I know that many
> >hear a constriction above the staff in her singing, but on this
> >broadcast I hear a definition of the musical line and beauty of tone
> >rarely heard by anyone in any role. By the early sixties she was in lots
> >of trouble in the stratosphere, but I just don't hear it in 58.
> >
> >Milanov sang a decent Desdemona as late as 63, topped by an
> >extraordinary 4th act, the equal of any I've ever heard. The tone
> >was gorgeous and the steadiness was remarkable for a 57 year
> >old woman. The earlier acts had their usual share of Zinka nonsense,
> >but the Salce and Ave Maria were breathtaking! She knew what the
> >great moments were all about!
> >
> >BTW, I'm not enjoying Netrebko on the radio today, at all!
> >
> >Bob
> >
> >On Saturday, December 3, 2016, Laurence Hoffman <[log in to unmask]
> ><javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:
> >
> >> Del Los Angeles was a wonderful Desdemona. One of my very favorites.
> >> Milanov instead of
> >> De Los Angeles. Lolol. I saw Tebaldi's Desdemona in 1955 and later
> >> performances. She was
> >> perfection in the role at that time. Both Tebaldi and Del Los Angeles
> were
> >> marvelous as
> >> Desdemona.  VdlA certainly HAD the voice for the role.  Milanov's
> >> Desdemona was BTW fine,
> >> but not in their class IMNSHO.  I guess Arbe never saw the divine VdlA
> in
> >> her prime years.
> >>
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