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Subject: Re: Hearty precedents to Marilyn Horne
From: "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max D. Winter
Date:Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:46:47 -0500

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Supervia was a wonderful singer.  But to attribute the "Rossini Revival" to her is an 
overstatement.  Supervia made some wonderful recordings which, as you say, are full of 
personality, but her influence on the actual performance of neglected Rossini operas was 
negligible.  She only performed three Rossini operas on stage, one of which was Barber of 
Seville, hardly a rarity.  (The other two were Cenerentola and L'Italiana in Algeri.)  Horne, on 
the other hand, not only sang all of Supervia's Rossini operas (in the case of L'Italiana, far 
more often and more widely than did Supervia), but she was very important in the revivals of 
Semiramide, La Donna del Lago, Tancredi, Bianca e Falliero, L'Assedio di Corinto and Ermione, 
as well as performing and recording a great many of Rossini's songs.


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